The Vigour’s unassuming appearance is key to making it palatable to a wider audience, since its familiar look and feel comforts rather than intimidates. (Thanks to its attractive design, we wouldn’t mind wearing one ourselves—even without the bells and whistles.)

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“Basically the technology becomes invisible; it’s more about the feeling and the touch of the design,” says Pauline von Dongen, a Dutch fashion designer who worked on the project, in the above video. “The patient doesn’t have to really worry about what’s happening on the inside.”

To bring the Vigour to fruition, Van Dongen collaborated with Eindhoven University of Technology’s Martijn ten Bhomer, Metatronics, De Wever, and Textielmuseum in the Netherlands.

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