On today’s episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we speak with Kristin Neidlinger of Sensoree. Sensoree is an experimental emotional wearable technology design studio based in San Francisco, but with an international reputation. Their signature design, the GER mood sweater, is one of the most well-covered piece of wearable technology out there.
So what is it? It’s basically like wearing a mood ring. A galvanic skin response (GSR) sensor reads excitement from the palm of your hand and translates this biodata into colour displayed on the cowl of a cropped sweater. Red and yellow signal that you’re nervous or excited, while blue and teal mean your calm and zen.
It’s an experiment in what Neidlinger has dubbed “extimacy”—externalized intimacy. While style has always been a way of communicating mood without saying a word, the GER mood sweater helps us envision a brave new high-tech future of fashion where the body is treated as not just something to quantify (i.e. steps counted, calories burned) but instead as a locus of intelligence and expression.