Gropers and other perverts will have slimmer pickings in crowded spots if an electronic dress dreamed up by a City University of Hong Kong student becomes fashionable.
Kathleen McDermott, who is finishing her master's degree, has come up with a solution for women riding on packed MTR trains - a Personal Space Dress.
Her invention is a technologically enhanced garment that prevents potential gropers from getting too close.
The motorized dress has built-in proximity sensors that trigger a plastic scaffolding around the hem when they detect someone invading the wearer's space.
According to McDermott's website, the dress is the second series of her project named "Urban Armor," which introduced playful electronic wearables for women.
She wrote that the dress "has two proximity sensors and a plastic armature that allows the dress to expand when a person comes too close to the wearer. This help women assert control over their personal or public space."
Her first invention was a scarf with a built- in pollution sensor that automatically covers the wearer's face when it senses heavy pollutants. McDermott also said she "wanted to explore how wearable technology could impact our physical world, and help the wearers, specifically women, exercise more control over their surroundings."