wearable sensors disguised as fashion accessoires that visualize the invisible communication technology in the physical surroundings. they inform the wearer in an unobtrusive & aesthetic manner about their immediate digital environment. if a person wants to check if wireless LAN is available, she usually has to boot a laptop or use a wifi-finder, which often stigmatises the user as a technology-loving person. instead the wearer of 'AwareCuffs' simply glances on the cuffs: small light patterns that appear on the cloth indicate if wireless LAN is available & the quality of service.
see also diy wearable wifi display & wifi flower & especially aware fashion (predecessor design of awarecuffs) for similar conceptual approaches. [richardetter.net|via we-make-money-not-art.com]