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In the world of fashion designers, Anouk Wipprecht is anything but typical. One of the last creations we saw from her was a chainmail dress that was also a Faraday cage, and the robotic Spider Dress that we featured earlier this year has definitely evolved.

The Spider Dress is an extension of the wearer and uses sensors to detect anyone or anything that encroaches upon their personal space. If someone approaches the person wearing the dress, the animatronic limbs move into attack position. Or, as Wipprecht explains:

Approach the system under calmer circumstance and the dress just might beckon you to come closer with smooth, suggestive gestures.

The dress was 3D printed and runs on Intel Edison. It’s still in the testing phase, but Wipprecht will display the Spider Dress at CES in January.

Watch a video of the dress in action after the break.

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Star Wars continues to take the fashion world by storm. We saw Rodarte create some geek couture dresses inspired by the galaxy far, far away last year, and they aren’t the only galactic threads taking to the runway. Indonesian magazine HighEnd hosted a fashion show last week at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski in Jakarta called “The Masterpiece Strikes Back: A Fashion Exploration inspired by Star Wars.”

Sixteen fashion designers participated in the show and sent outfits inspired by the Millennium Falcon, C-3PO, Queen Amidala, Darth Vader, and more down the catwalk. I adore seeing more Star Wars out in the world – even in the form of wacky dresses.

See more photos from the event and design sketches after the break.

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Les Baugh lost both of his arms 40 years ago in an electrical accident, but now he’s on his way to becoming a badass cyborg. Thanks to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory he got two robotic arms that are attached directly to his nerves, so he can move them naturally with his mind.

The system requires periodic breaks between moves, but it’s an incredible start for this type of technology and holds such promise for those who are currently using less responsive prosthetics.

See the video after the break.

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It looks like Arya Stark is getting a makeover for the next season of Game of Thrones. Actress Maisie Williams is happy with the change telling EW:

“I love Arya’s new look. It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves.”

The change in costume is one that’s designed to help her character remain anonymous on the streets of Braavos. It’s the brainchild of costume designer Michele Clapton. She said her goal was to reflect both the change in location as well as the fact that Arya is not a boy and can dress like a young woman.

For comparison, see the costume she’s been wearing after the break.

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Batgirl isn’t the only superhero to get a stylish modern costume upgrade; Spider-Woman is following in her footsteps. Jessica Drew has been wearing the same costume for almost 40 years, but that’s about to change. It’s about time! Artist Kris Anka came up with the look that debuted yesterday in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game and will premiere on comic book pages in March.

The old outfit was all about the spandex, but now? Drew gets black pants, gloves, leather, and a versatile jacket that works as street wear and a superhero costume. It looks edgier, more practical, and I give it a month before cosplayers are wearing it.

See a couple more pics of the new threads after the break.

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The latest wondrous thing to come out of 3D printing is a pair of prosthetic legs for this adorable pup. Derby was born with deformed front legs that made it impossible for him to walk properly let alone run.

3D Systems designed Derby a custom pair of prosthetic front legs and they have completely changed his life—now he runs just like any other dog. It’s incredible to watch!

See the video after the break (go get tissues first).

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Nipple armor is almost never a good idea. It didn’t work for Batman, and it doesn’t work for anyone else – including the Sand Snakes on Game of Thrones. The first photos of the new characters from the upcoming season of the HBO series revealed their beautiful armor, but many were not pleased with the built in nipples. Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton recently spoke with NY Mag and mentioned the inclusion of the nipples on the armor is regrettable:

“You’ve picked a bone of contention!” Clapton laughed. She told the Cut that “it certainly wasn’t my intention” to have nippled armor. “I’m not terribly keen on it,” she added. “I don’t see the necessity for it. You don’t do it on men.” Well, except the famously ridiculed Batman suit. “Yeah, okay, that. But I wouldn’t do it on men, and I don’t really like the concept of it on women. Of course you have to have the woman’s shape. That’s fine. But [nipples on armor] is almost from a man’s point of view, and there’s something slightly cheesy about it.”

She explained that the nipple addition was more or less a mistake. They were present because of the molds used to make the armor, and they weren’t sanded off to the extent that Clapton wanted. She didn’t notice the error until the set photos surfaced, but claims that they aren’t that noticeable in the actual footage.

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This design by Kelly Larson is a big bundle of feels from my childhood wrapped onto one perfectly poignant design. This mash up of Star Wars and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is called The Little Princess and I want it on everything I own.

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DeviantArt user Prathik has an eye for design. He came up with a plethora of costume hoodie designs for the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and they’re spot on. The designs aren’t exactly subtle, but they’re not too obvious either. It’s a pity they’re only concepts and not actual products; I’d happily buy and wear the Raava and Katara designs!

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