1. Augmented Ears


    from Helle Rohde / Added

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    Augmented Ears is a human enhancement concept that explores the idea of additional and augmented hearing senses. The increasing level of information that people living in modern cities experience every day has been the backdrop in our exploration of future human senses and perception. Augmented Ears is a far-flung future vision for a new kind of bodily way to experience the world. Augmented Ears blocks the eyesight but provide eight ears, which can filter and hear different frequencies of sound. It now becomes possible to filter all unwanted noise away and compose a personal sound landscape by picking one frequency or mixing two different frequencies. Augmented Ears is a working prototype built by hacking together an old horse-riding helmet with a set of cheap headphones. All ears have a magnet in their center that works as switch when an ear is placed on one of the ‘main ears’. Each of the eight small ears has resistors inside them, which are mapped to a certain frequency. Augmented Ears is designed and created by Yufan Wei Wang (China) and Helle Rohde Andersen (Denmark) during a 7 day course in Performative Design thaught by Amanda Parkes (MIT) and David Gauthier (CIID) at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

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    • Body as a Platform


      from Helle Rohde / Added

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      Body as a Platform is a short film about a weeks course on Performative Design taught by Amanda Parkes (MIT) and David Gauthier (CIID) at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Performative Design was a creative hands-on workshop focusing on the body as a context of design within projected and far-flung future scenarios. The brief was to develop and investigate how human enhancement might evolve to fit a future scenario. To read more about the workshop and see the final outcomes, please visit http://ciid.dk/education/portfolio/idp11/courses/ The video is shot and edited by Helle Rohde Andersen. Thanks to Amanda Parkes and David Gauthier.

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      • Bio Circuit - a wearable soundscape


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        This video depicts the collaborative wearable technology project of Bio Circuit in action. Bio Circuit was created at Emily Carr University by Industrial Design student Dana Ramler, and MAA student Holly Schmidt. Bio Circuit is a vest that provides a form of bio feedback using data from the wearer's heart rate to determine what "sounds" they hear through the speaker embedded in the collar of the garment. The wearer places the heart rate monitor around the ribcage, resting against the skin and close to the heart. An MP3 audio player embedded in the vest plays the audio track related to that specific heart rate. The audio tracks are soundscapes mixed from a range of ambient sounds. If the wearer’s heart rate is low, the soundscape will reflect a quiet natural area with sounds such as water, birds and insects. If the wearer has a high heart rate then they will hear a cacophony of urban sounds such as people talking and traffic. Bio Circuit stems from our concern for ethical design and the creation of media-based interactions that reveal human interdependence with the environment. With each beat of the heart, Bio Circuit connects the wearer with the inner workings of their body. In this sense the garment functions like other biofeedback devices that use sensors to provide a person with information about their physiological state. With Bio Circuit, we are proposing that these kinds of devices could extend a person’s awareness to include the environment. visit danaramler.com for more information * A special thank you to Suzi Webster, Bobbi Kozinuk, Emily Carr IDS, Bryan Rite and Angela Henderson.

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        • Human Antenna


          from Florian Kräutli / Added

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          Human Antenna Graduation project Design Academy Eindhoven 2009 Florian Kräutli www.kraeutli.com

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