Robots developed by Silicon Valley’s OhmniLabs will walk the catwalk for the first time at London Fashion Week it has been revealed.
The Ohmni robot will be wearing one-of-a-kind creations from Los Angeles-based designer Honee at the House of iKons event on 15-16 September at the Millennium Gloucester London Hotel, which is focused on launching emerging and innovative designers.
Honee’s solo show at the event on Saturday 15 September will feature both human and robotic models, bringing fashion and advanced technology together. “I am thrilled to have the sponsorship of OhmniLabs, a telepresence robotic company. My show with the House of iKons this September is named ‘ÁI’, in reference to Artificial Intelligence and also the play on the Vietnamese word ÁI for love and the Chinese phonetic AI for love as well,” the designer said.
“We’re in the world of AI and loving it. I use fashion as the language to express the skins we are in. In my upcoming show, it’s not about the future of robots, of a world unknown, but of the presence, the NOW. And OhmniLabs is ushering in the world of NOW with their telepresence robots. I’m honored and super excited to be a part of the OhmniLabs journey,” she added.
OhmniLabs was co-founded in 2015 by Jared Go, Tingxi Tan and serial entrepreneur Thuc Vu, robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford who believe that personal consumer robots can make a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. They also founded Kambria, an open innovation platform to “enable and incentivise collaborations in R&D, manufacturing and commercialisation of advanced technologies.”
The Ohmni robots are made in the USA using lean and scalable manufacturing via 3D printing to enable rapid and affordable products. They are being offered for a number of personal and professional applications from communicating with family members to business collaboration.
Thuc Vu said of the London Fashion Week Festival project: “We’re excited to have our Ohmni robots walk the runway at London Fashion Week. Our partnership with Honee and the House of iKons shows how robotics and the fashion world can creatively work together, similar to Kambria, our open innovation platform that lets people build inventive products.”