Kristin O’Friel, a student at the NYU art school, has designed this corset to help you stop breathing as the CO2 levels in the environment go up. It is not clear to us whether this was meant as a medical device, an artistic statement, a pulmonary fibrosis simulator, or a fashionable euthanasia machine for the environmentally conscious.
From the artist’s site:
I am interested in making wearables that enable you to feel information your senses are not acutely aware of. The CO2 Corset monitors carbon dioxide levels in the environment and provides physical feedback by tightening the bodice in relation to air quality.
Traditionally the corset is a rigid garment comprised of vertical boning that is worn under clothing for aesthetic or medical purposes. The article supports the torso and slims the figure by cinching the waist imposing a shallowness of breathe on the user, making it contextually appropriate as the wearable interface to air quality.