Leyla is an interactive Niqab that reveals facials expressions on textile recreating the movement of facial muscles involved in smile and frown. Leyla wish to provide Muslim women that live in Saudi Arabia to communicate emotions of theirs facial expressions hidden under theirs veil without remove it. This creates an innovative blend of fashion, technology and non-verbal communication of body.
Leyla’s circuit is composed by two facial-muscle sensors detecting micro-facial movements. The Arduino Lilypad receives data from them and sends the processed information to the Nitinol wires (muscle wires) that are sewn into the fabric, creating curls of the expressions hidden under the veil
The aim is to create opportunities to women carrying the veil to reveal emotions and communicate with man who loves without sacrificing their beliefs.
“If the eyes are the mirror of the soul, the facial expressions are the externalization of
emotions within our own body”.
2013, BACHELOR OF ARTS GRADUATION DESIGN ACADEMY, NABA
PRODUCT DESIGN, INTERACTION DESIGN
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