I developed Vital
Threads Biofeedback Apparel to open design and fashion to
dynamic new forms of self awareness, personal expression and
interpersonal communication. Typically, we are all vastly limited in
our expressive outlet to engage a collective awareness. By measuring
and displaying the wearer's biological signals, Vital Threads
Biofeedback Apparel gives the wearer the freedom to express his or her
personal vantage on a moment by moment basis.
Vital Threads has been shown as wearable biofeedback art at a number
of galleries, museums, conferences, and hackerspaces around the world,
including the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, the World Maker
Faire, among many other venues.
Truth Wristband A wristband that dynamically reflects the wearer
A wristband that dynamically reflects the wearer's psycho-emotional
response to the world, promoting internal states to be externalized
and made into interactive forms of expression. The device measures
galvanic skin response (a marker of emotional arousal commonly
used in lie detector tests), measuring micro-changes in sweating on
your hands. The device's lights turn from blue to red as the wearer
becomes excited. Telling a lie may make you sweat, but ask the right
question and the answer doesn't matter!
Check out the Truth segment on
MakeTV (episode 107) airing on
PBS stations around the
Truth for Sale! Truth Wristband Kit
All easy soldering!
Below is a video of my brother, Ian, wearing the Truth Wristband while I
ask him some questions to see what sorts of things get his Truth meter
going. Note that it takes 1-2 seconds for the psychodynamic response to
be expressed in the skin response.
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Wearables that detect
heart beat and externalize it as pulses of light. Sensors read the
EKG and produce flashes of light in time with his/her own heart.
Wearing the shirt gives an intense feeling of life and rhythm, while
at the same time reminding you of your electrical and mechanical
roots. It's truly amazing how much the heart responds to social
interaction and yet is almost entirely ignored as it meters our life.
Pulsing with every beat, the Heart-felt Wristband also changes color
from blue to red as your heart rate slows down or speeds up. Modify
it to be worn as a wristband, belt buckle or even as
a medallion... put a little heart into your bling!
A hat that measures the wearer's brain activity from the wearer's
EEG and projects changes in neuronal synchrony on modular
light arrays. Highly focused attention increases the brain's beta
and gamma oscillations and turns the frontal light modules red,
while entering a meditative state produces large alpha rhythms and
turns the rear light modules red.