“Sensation.” by Amy Friedman (2014)

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We constantly have stresses in our life that overwhelm us from time to time. We dont realize the impact our stressful lifestyle can have on our bodies and overall well being. Stress can induce heart problems, skin conditions, increased heart rate, depression, anxiety and more. People need to take moments to just breathe and learn how to relax for a few moments in times of pressure to maintain healthy living.

Sensation. measures your pulse and allows you to understand your heart palputations visually through a wearable lighting system. If your heart is beating over the healthy limit of beats per minute, embedded motors rotate to create a massage to sooth your stress and focus upon another task to lower your heart rate. Users of Sensation. can also manipulate the patterns of the massage by moving your finger over a position sensor. The device uses an Arduino, softpot Position sensor, 4 cellphone motors, string LEDs, and a pulse sensor.

“Swarm Light” by rAndom International (2010)

White lights hung above the viewer respond to sound and make organic-looking patterns and waves.

“Technesexual Interface” by Micha Cardenas (2009)

Artists,Instrument,Reference,Visual — MattSandler Sandler @ 4:54 pm




“Electro Illumination Wire Light Safety Vests” by Rayma C. Wright (2014)

3_Embedded and Wearable,Sensors,Visual — mbparker @ 4:50 pm


“News Knitter” by Erbu Kurbak and Mahir M. Yavuz (2007)

Reference,Visual — MattSandler Sandler @ 4:48 pm


News Knitter is a data visualization project which focuses on knitted garments as an alternative medium to visualize large scale data.


“x.pose” by Xuedi Chen (2014)

This dress gets more into applying software directly to the performance of the dress. The dress becomes a proclamation of your online activity, exposing the wearer. I’m curious…I find a lot of technology in clothing that seems to either have no real functional application, or is about health and fitness. What else can technology do in fashion other than make a statement or be about health? Hmm.


“Fe Wearables” by Noah Waxman (2011)

This project, like Kinematics fashion, uses technology to enhance the fashion quality as opposed to provide some kind of technology that collects data. Still, I find this idea of using technology to make clothing re-configurable to be full of potential.

Fe Wearables Kickstarter Campaign Video from noah waxman on Vimeo.


Kinematics by Nervous System Studio (2013)

This project doesn’t necessarily put technology into the dress for people to use. Instead, it uses technology to create a dress in a specific way, giving it a particular quality.

“4D-printed” shape-changing dress and jewellery by Nervous System from Dezeen on Vimeo.


“LUMOback™” by Lumo BodyTech, Inc. (2014)

Sensor created by Lumo BodyTech, Inc. the detects back posture throughout the day wherever you go.


Even More..

“Musical Frission” – By Malik B. Parker (2014)








Frisson – a brief moment of emotional excitement

Have you ever experienced chills when listening to music? Does certain songs cause orgasmic spasms to flow down your spine during  specific riffs? Scientists call this chilling effect “Musical Frisson”. Scientists estimate that only 25-50% of people in the world can actually experience musical frisson. I believe musical frisson is an effect on the human body that everyone should be able to feel, therefore the goal of the Musical Frisson Inducer is to increase the percentage of people who experience musical frisson.

To help make this possible, inside the capsule contains five 8Ω amplified speakers positioned to simulate 3D Audio Effects including 2 Subwoofers for vibrational effects as well. Certain effects are known to stimulate the effects of musical frisson such as:

  • Abrupt Volume Change
  • Panning
  • Climatic Build Up
  • Sudden Change in Tempo

There are many more effects, but the main effects that were used on the audio side of my project involved mainly Panning, Volume Change, Climatic Build Up, and High and Low Frequency Filtering. Using music editing software to create these effects, I chose Kid Cudi’s “Copernicus Landing”, in hopes that a more abstract song would not allow internal negative or positive feelings to be elicited.

Along with the Audio Effects were Visual Effects to also induce a state of serenity. Synced with the music element, the hope was to help induce Musical Frisson by including other senses with the experience. By keeping the visual to a minimum of a light show rather than a display of an equalizer, it doesn’t draw attention from the music, however it aims at stimulating the receptors in our brain to be more open to the Audio Element of the this project.


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