Who would think that there would ever be an invention of a body sock used for people with sensory processing disorders? Who would think that people would even wear a body sock? Socks are typically associated with feet and the prototypes of body socks pictured and reviewed on Sara Hendren’s blog “Abler” create a twist to the everyday article of clothing one would find in the drawers of a dresser.
I find the prototypes of the object very peculiar; I would also freak out if I came across someone wearing the prototype on the street. However, with Halloween quickly approaching, I would not be much surprised to see someone strolling down the streets of Atlanta with the sock enveloping the wearer’s body. The object looks as though it resembles the texture of spandex used by athletes for various sports. The body sock is required to stretch to be able to accommodate the various sizes of its wearers. The whole idea of the person inside being able to see though the sock but the outside world not being able to see the watcher is very odd. In a way the body sock promotes exclusion from society because of the lack of contact or communication the wearer has with other people. Hendren, however, spoke about possible prototypes having openings for communication to others. The object’s looks surprise many and many would be uncomfortable interact with people who are wearing the body sock.
The object’s benefits go way beyond the object’s aesthetics. The object has a biomedical and psychological meaning behind it. It helps people with sensory processing disorders adapt to certain stimuli. For example, people who wear the body sock that are hypertensive perceive “ordinary touches as aggressive attacks” and people who are hyposensitive “indifferent to pain”. The object is able to provide a plethora of functions for its users. The object does consist of some minor shortfalls. In addition to its weird look and its lack of transparency from the exterior, the object seems to be fairly uncomfortable. Although the object stretches, the texture makes it difficult for its wearers to walk. Also, the person wearing the object will find it slightly more time consuming and difficult to drive a vehicle with the body sock on.
Personally, I would not benefit from the object unless I was planning on wearing it for a Halloween costume. In my opinion, the object shows how progressive the field of biomedical engineering can be and makes Americans optimistic of how technology can influence health in positive ways. I hope that there are ore tests done to the prototypes so that the invention can be tweaked a little and sold on the market. The idea seems fantastic and it will help many of people in the future.