The suit allows for the innocent cuddling of children by helping adults to maintain their integrity. When the child wearing the suit is touched for too long or in inappropriate areas an alarm goes off, first gently hinting at potential ambiguities, finally assertively reminding the parent or care-taker and others around of their responsibility.

Does our desire to eliminate uncertainties and avoid risk lead us to become even more fearful? Can humour be an appropriate tool for challenging dark and uncomfortable social issues?

Photographs: Ann-Kristina Simon
Interviews: Charlotte Jarvis
Thanks to: Milan Metthey, James Auger, John Thomson

Fast Company, Dezeen, Gawker, Gabriele Oropallo, Inhabitots, Plan magazine, Novo Argumente, Weave, Manifesto Club, Prix Ars Electronica


reactive toddler's suit
meshed wire, strobe lights, speaker, Arduino board


safe cuddling

Technical diagram, girl's version
I then went out and showed the design proposal to parents, child minders and a child protection professional. What was originally intended as an ironic comment became a lot more complex. The suit acted as a tool to spark debate about rational and irrational fears, about risks, technology, the media and attitudes within society towards children's safety.
safe cuddling
↑ When touched for too long an alarm goes off: flashlights and bells!