Robots to "walk the runway" for first time at next London fashion week

Robotics company OhmniLabs and fashion designer Honee partner in a merge of high fashion and advanced technology


Silicon Valley-based robotics company OhmniLabs has partnered with fashion designers House of iKons and Honee to bring the first-ever robots to the London Fashion Week runway. OhmniLabs has also engaged open innovation project specialists Kambria to ready its robots for the show.

OhmniLabs develop "telepresence" robots which allow people to operate a robot from any location through an internet connection. The robots have a tablet display and video camera which the company says, "allows you to stay connected with loved ones in a natural and engaging way". Along with Kambria, they have been on the hunt for new and unique use cases for their tech within healthcare, business and education.

With the help of Honee, a renowned LA-based designer known for her penchant to combine multiple forms of media and sensibilities in order to highlight larger social themes, OhmniLabs will now be able to add fashion modeling to its repertoire of use cases.

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While Honee has decided to keep her designs a secret until the event, she has mentioned her intent to show robots as a part of our everyday lives, with less of the usual focus on the future and more on the present. She plans to use both human and robotic models in her segment in her aim to bring fashion and technology together.

"I am thrilled to have the sponsorship of OhmniLabs, a telepresence robotic company," said Honee in a recent statement. "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.

"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.

Also commenting about the upcoming partnership, co-founder and CEO of OhmniLabs and Kambria, Thuc Vu, said, "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."

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