Why Anti-Tech Is in Style — Literally
For a while now, the tech world has been obsessed with “wearables” — smartwatches, body-monitoring wrist bands, Google Glass, and other devices that you can wear on your person to make technology more readily available. “Wearable tech,” it’s often called.
But some of the most interesting gadgetized accessories these days have an unusual twist: Their real function is to thwart or disabletechnology.
Call it the rise of wearable anti-tech.
These experiments, which range from the practical to the theatrical, all have one thing in common: They respond to the annoyances, incursions, and even threats of technology with clever technology jujitsu.
They represent the latest that technology has to offer to get rid of the latest that technology has to offer.
A backlash you can wear?
One recent case in point: Focus Life Gear, a line of “garments to protect us from the storm of information,” as designer Kunihiko Morinaga put it. Made from special fabric, the clothing cuts off your cellphone’s connection whenever you wear it, so you can pay attention to human beings and other aspects of physical reality.
While that’s an extreme example, accessories that effectively shut down mobile connectivity are one of the most popular manifestations of wearable anti-tech — and possibly the most symbolic.