Rolling Robot Set to Take to the Catwalk at London Fashion Week
Wednesday August 29, 2018
A rolling robot will model couture designs at London Fashion Week for the first time ever.
Silicon Valley robotics company Ohmni is partnering with Los Angeles-based designer Honee to send one of its telepresence robots down the runway in September.
It’s the latest example of how hi-tech devices are being outfitted for everyday use, from wearables to 3D-printed clothing.
The robot is slated to walk the catwalk alongside human models on September 15th and 16th at an event presented by House of iKons at the Millennium Gloucester London Hotel.
Honee said in a statement that her vision ‘is for people to see Ohmni and robots as part of their everyday lives with a focus on the present rather than the future, with a play on the word ‘telepresence.”
The Honee show is named ‘ÁI’, in reference to the rise of artificial intelligence technology, but also the Vietnamese word for love, the designer explained.
‘We’re in the world of AI and loving it,’ she said in a statement. ‘I use fashion as the language to express the skins we are in.
‘In my upcoming show, it’s not about the future of robots, of a world unknown, but of the presence, the NOW.
‘And OhmniLabs is ushering in the world of NOW with their telepresence robots,’ Honee added.
Honee has also shown her designs at Los Angeles Fashion Week in the past.
Founded in 2015, OhmniLabs was launched by co-founders Jared Go, Tingxi Tan and Thuc Vu, robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.
The firm launched its Ohmni robot last year as a different take on telepresence robots.
Telepresence robots are often used as a way for people to remotely attend meetings, classes or other events.
But Ohmni is meant to be used in the home, primarily as a way for family members to stay in touch when they’re away on business, or to drop in on grandparents who may live in a retirement community.