By Grace Gavilanes
Updated Jan 13, 2015 @ 4:02 pm
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Below is an excerpt from “This Robotic Dress Will Poke People Who Invade Your Personal Space,” which originally appeared on FWx. Read the full story at foodandwine.com/fwx/style.

If you've ever wanted to give that persistent barfly a not-so-subtle hint that you aren't interested, the Spider Dress is the fashion piece for you.

Designed by Anouk Wipprecht and powered by Intel Edison, the dress features robotic "legs" that will extend from the shoulders (flexible!) and poke unwanted company. They are triggered by two sets of sensors—one that measures movement of those around you and one that measures your respiration to see if the attention is making you nervous.

For example, if someone approaches too quickly and surprises you the dress could register that the behavior is aggressive and unwanted. According to Wipprecht, the movements adapt to more comfortable situations too: "When you walk up to the dress in a more cautious, friendly symbiotic way, you can almost get the dress to invite you closer, as if to dance with you."