Fashion design student Po-Ching Chiu (邱柏菁) has developed an alarm jacket with female safety in mind. Using a combination of flashing LED lights and startling loud sounds the garment gives the impression of giving an electric shock while being perfectly safe. The design includes a convenient pull tag to quickly activate the alarm when under stress.
The following video shows the jacket in action. Po-Ching’s good friend kindly plays the part of the villain to illustrate its use.
The initial design idea including the quick release mechanism
The garment under construction
The work was part of Po-Ching’s Fashion Design Masters at Shih Chien University (實踐大學), Taiwan. The electronics were developed through a collaboration with Engineering graduate student Jack Chen (陳瑋杰) from NTU. The workshop on Electronic Fashion was run by Assistant Professor Paul Gough.