This jacket helps you make friends

There is now technology you can wear to help you meet people and overcome social anxiety.

Inventors are always looking for new ways to solve old problems. Dutch designer and entrepreneur Henk-Jan Room, the founder of Room for Concepts, focuses on design that combines social interaction with technology.

One of his recent creations is an interactive jacket that stimulates social interaction between humans by communicating through light signals. He claims the jacket can help you pluck up the courage to approach someone you want to meet, or find people to hang out with at an event.

It works by connecting to social media on your mobile device, through a special cable attached to the jacket. With the help of an app, you can select your ‘social’ preferences and, based on those, the jacket will communicate through light signals with others that match your interests who are nearby.

Whether your goal is dating, a regular conversation with someone in public, or meeting new friends at festivals, the jacket can help you to get in touch with others.

Room’s work is primarily aimed at inspiring and stimulating people to get together and connect, by using technology and innovation.

“One shouldn’t view the interactive jacket as a means of interaction, but rather as an innovation that stimulates and enables ‘true’ interaction,” he said.

Image credit: Room for Concepts.