" écharpe communicante " project was born out of the collaboration
between France Telecom R&D, the research and development center of the
second largest telecommunications company in Europe, with architect
Naziha Mestaoui, graphic designer Yacine Aït Kaci, and fashion designer
project, a communicating telephone jacket and scarf, is conceived as
a " second skin for communication " through various interfaces which
facilitate the extension of the senses into the virtual realm (Watch,
Listen, Speak, Touch), allowing the wearer be at once
here and potentially " everywhere ".
The " écharpe communicante " is a suit jacket with a long, detachable
and interchangeable collar draped around the neck, equipped with built-in,
communicating multimedia interfaces. The collar, available in varying
colors and materials, can therefore be worn independently, like a scarf.
The originality of this concept also lies in the gesture necessary to
operate the multiple built-in functions. It is a simple movement, inspired
by those that people make unconsciously on daily basis in wearing their
clothing and accessories, such as turning up a jacket collar, wrapping
a scarf around the neck or looking at a watch.
The act of turning up the collar of the jacket opens up a telecommunications
channel and brings the receiver closer to the wearer's ear. By wrapping
the collar around the neck and face like a scarf, the speaker comes
to rest in front of the mouth and a barrier is created, isolating the
wearer from the outside world. Inserting the arm into the other part
of the collar, as if through a large bracelet, allows the wearer to
access a computer and its touch screen - as easy as looking at a watch.
This series of movement creates a virtual sphere that isolate the wearer
from his/her physical environment whose configuration change with the
" écharpe communicante " is a project by the France Telecom R&D studio
Créatif, Naziha Mestaoui, Yacine Aït Kaci and Crstof, with the active
support of France Telecom North America.