Designing Neoteny is wearable that is designed to explore the relationship between the mind and body.
“Knowing that our body has long been a site of our life story, where our past memories and experiences were formed additionally through the interactions and connections of our five senses with environmental stimuli”
Human beings are known for taking the five senses for granted. It is well into the 21st century while developing this project, where human-technology relationship has been explored. The human machine interactions (HMI) have very much raised the possibility of having an external device as part of our extended cognition (Clark and Chalmers, 1998). In this project I aim to create a wearable that would raise awareness of our mind and body. It looks at design as a tool to question the ownership we have of our body. Neoteny will serve as a test site to investigate new approaches and possibilities of our body movement in the environment, and also, critically examining the impact on the body over time.
The Neoteny I system is comprised of: muscle sensors input, vibration motors output. Both muscle sensors were attached onto shoulder (deltoids) and thigh (quadriceps) respectively, and vibration motors on the back. It was then actuated by the muscle activity level. This experiment was conducted through my own body by wearing it for a week, 3 hours per day respectively.
The observations and documentations have been recorded in three different stages: before, during and after. This aims to compare the effect on the user (Wigley, 2001). As predicted, the external wearable device was able to affect our perception of our body and the environment by heightening our bodily self consciousness. Read more here.
As technology and the human body are converging, we are creating hybrid extensions of ourselves. Whether through physical devices or digital data, this raises questions about how we might begin to install, programme, alter and maintain these intimate parts and what new ecologies of people, devices, and data will start emerging and evolving to sustaining these new practices on our body.
However, questions of data privacy have been raised, arguments such as how much data do we still own ourselves. These questions then motivated the following project: Engineering Neoteny - How can I design a subtle communication that is able to form a seamless connection with my mind through a new body extension? And what can we then expect from the next generation of wearable devices?
Watch the Making Of Neoteny I here:
Design Softwares Skills : AutoCAD 3D, Autodesk MAYA, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Unity VR, Unity AR
Coding Skills : Arduino, C# Unity
Making Skills : 3D Printing
Creative Skills : Graphic Design, Photography, Videography, Film Making, Hand Drawings, Sewing
Completed at:Interactive Architecture Lab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Exhibited in:Project Faire, Work Exhibition 2018