May 28, 2005

Communication via erectile appendages

Here's another remarkable new invention from those wacky engineers at MIT. Robotic appendages are built into the pelvic area of an article of clothing. When a member of the opposite sex gets close, proximity sensors register the approach. This automatically triggers the response of an erectile system that stiffens two pointed, foot-long probes, extending them at jaunty angles in the direction of the Approaching Other. The idea is to send a clear message about sexual availability.

No, it's not what you think. At least, I don't think it is. We're talking about J. Meejin Yoon's Porcupine Defense Dress:

It seems that erectile appendages, like phrases, are interpreted in context.

Posted by Mark Liberman at May 28, 2005 07:41 AM