This project was about experimenting with ways to interfere with or obstruct our visual or audial perspective using biofeedback. I, Lucas Daniels and Steven Thys built HeartSight, a helmet you place over your head which is equipped with a camera and microphone for audiovisual input, an Arduino for processing the data and a tablet and headphones for the output of the processed audiovisual information.
The user also wears a heart rate monitor which wirelessly sends data to a computer. The data streams from the audiovisual input device are then mixed with effects which are controlled by the user’s heart rate. The user doesn’t see anything through the tablet but pulses of images from what the camera sees. When his heart rate rises, the pulses become larger and go faster, enabling him to see more, but also in a more distorted way. His audio feed is distorted with a lag synchronized to his heartbeat and he also hears an audio sample of a heart beating at his own heart rhythm.