Monday, March 16, 2015

Day 74 Kyun_Kun designs Robots as a Fashion Statement

The most inspirational part of my day today at SxSw Interactive was meeting Kyun_kun, a student of mechanical engineer Tokyo Denki University. Kyun_Kun is a fashion creator that works with the intersection of fashion and robotics.

Kyun_kun started making robots when she was 10 years old. Her first robot was created from a kit and moved towards her as she clapped. By the time she was 18 she was designing her own robots.

At SxSw she was demonstrating her latest design Metcalf ver3 (a wearable robot designed as a fashion item)  Although these robots are specifically designed as fashion statements,  one of her goals is to also create wearables that merge healthcare with fashion.

At first glance you might think that Kyun_kun was the model for a Japanese high tech company, but after a few minutes of conversation (through her translator) you quickly learned that she is the brains behind this beautiful and SMART fashion statement.

She described her process for the design she was modeling today which included an Arduino and motor shield that controlled 4 stepping motors embedded  in her costume that had two extra arms extending from her shoulders.  

What an inspiration for your young women interested in making things beautiful and smart. 

Check out this YouTube video to see how she combines  Metal processing, electronic tools, dressmaking.

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