Monday, June 10, 2013
Neuro Knitting is a project that uses an interface that is becoming very popular inside the new media scene: a brain waves reader. I copy the description from their website:
" We have plotted brainwave activity into a knitted pattern. Using a wearable, non-invasive EEG headset, we recorded users’ affective states while listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, concretely the aria and its first seven variations. The audio was about 10 minutes long and we downsampled each second of the signal coming from the 14 channels of the EEG device. Three main features were measured: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. After recording, those features were converted into a knitting pattern. Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern."
This is a nice example on how art can be combined with science and technology. The best thing about it is that the artists created an open source tool that gives a new brain to your knitting machine and makes projects like this one accesible to everyone. The project is called Knitic.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I was invited to give a workshop about wearable technology at EUNC Conference in Prague. I proposed a workshop to present basic concepts of wearable technology and its possibilities. We first watched and discussed some selected projects. These projects you can find at the smart clothing.tumblr.com. After getting some inspirations the participants were introduced to a simple circuit design composed by a battery, an led and made out of conductive thread.
This simple circuit was used in different ways by the participants that had to came up with a creative idea on how to turn on the light. Check the projects on the pics bellow.
Posted by ricardo o'nascimento at 12:45 PM
Monday, November 26, 2012
For this new version I improved the sensors and over clocked the fans. Now they are much stronger and the effect is more visible than on the first version.
I also created the headpiece which is part of a series of headpieces in which I try to simulate a makeup with light. More headpieces coming soon.
more info: www.onascimento.com/eansa.html
Posted by ricardo o'nascimento at 12:57 AM