Futuristic Fashions that Never Came to Fruition

The Muttering Hat
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Model Abigail Rosenthal wears a "muttering" hat, designed by Kate Hartman as an exploration of what it would be like to extricate the noise of the thought process and put it into physical form, also from the 2007 SIGGRAPH exhibition. Why not? The human thought process isn't nosy enough.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.