There’s something quite intriguing about owning a necklace that you can’t touch, buy or even physically break. The concept sounds completely baffling and almost impossible; however, Polish brand panGenerator recently introduced this dynamic concept in the form of the World’s first interactive necklace.
The idea was generated from the combined mind force of four young individuals with sufficient proficiency expertise in various fields. Ranging from music, computer programming to art expertise the group produced the concept of wearing a portable hologram as fine jewellery. As the first projection based necklace of its time the philosophy is controlled through a custom iPhone application named Neclumi, it then pairs with a pico-projector connected with an HDMI cable and acts as a “wearable projection”, displaying geometric light patterns around the user’s neck. (Kransniansky, 2014).
The device offers an exciting array of four different responsive styles Airo, Movi, Roto, and Sono. Each individual design responds to different sensors reflecting its display on the skin, for example the Movi design reacts with the phones accelerometer (an instrument for measuring the acceleration of a moving or vibrating body) and alters its design pattern depending on body movement. (live science, 2015)
The exciting reality of fusion between projection mapping and creating wearable jewellery design projections is compelling. The fresh ideology of technology blended with design appears avant-guard and remains relatively undiscovered at present.
This interactive necklace could symbolise great change for the future of design. Unfortunately, it is far from being a commercial product as adopting this look means lugging all the essential technology around, so while your necklace appears futuristic and cool, the dangling wires hanging off your iPhone may lower the tone of your ensemble. (Wired, 2014).
Although the notion of using technology to replace raw materials, in the production of wearable art is still quite distant, the desire of mixing fashion and technology is not brand new. There is a trend towards fashion technology with previous designs such as projectable watches and reactive dresses by designers such as Rainbow Winters, whom debuted her range of dresses in digitally-printed fabrics and high-impact performer-friendly pieces capable of responding to light, sound and sun. (Digital Style Digest, 2013) Following this, exciting developments are evidently underway and being advanced to enhance decorative jewellery. When questioned about the future for this pioneering look, founding member of Neclumi, Jakub Koźniewski relayed he anticipated that there will be more devices like this in the future and he’s sure it will be a global trend. However, in order to achieve this objective, it’s essential the equipment must become more agile and compact. The batteries and chips must be produced in a smaller size yet still function to produce a standalone necklace, due to the current pico-projector having to connect to the smartphone via an HDMI cable. The philosophy of this product is savvy and innovative, it’s majorly attractive to many different communities from fashion designers to the technically inspired.
Nevertheless, the projection of jewellery on the body as opposed to wearing a physical piece has generated some controversy. The design dynamic that a piece of jewellery is constructed out of reflected light beams and is not physically wearable, makes it difficult to brand as wearable art. While this is debated, the logic behind this piece is revolutionary, Kozniewski even envisions his designs have the potential to assist with development of new communication methods for the disabled. This is definitely an iconic piece to look out for in the future, the Polish designer states with enthusiasm;
“I think the necklace is poetic, there’s something romantic there—a bigger trend apart from the jewellery.” (Wired,2014)
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So Catchy (2014) NECLUMI: THE FUTURE OF JEWELLERY [Online] Available at http://Http://socatchy.net/neclumi-future-jewellery/ [Accessed 10/10/15]
Wired (2014) Jewelry That’s Made Only of Light Beamed Onto Your Skin [Online] Available at http://Http://www.wired.com/2014/11/jewelry-thats-made-light-beamed-onto-skin/#slide-4 [Accessed 10/10/15]