Hack the Senses
24-26 June 2016, FabLab London
Inviting makers and thinkers to a weekend of exploration at the frontiers of human perception.
Here's a collection of inspiring and insightful projects, people, and ideas about perception and the senses. It is meant as a resource to kickstart your ideation about the kinds of projects you might want to work on at the hackathon. Browse this list for background info and to get a sense of what's already out there. Contact us if you have any suggestions about what else to include here.
If you are completely new to the subject, we suggest that you take a look at the "Start here" section with David Eagleman's TED talk 'Can we create new senses for humans?' Meek FM Ishin-Den-Shin The Green Brain project Tim Bouckley's eidos project Eyesect project, by The Constitute feelSpace Animal Superpowers, by Chris Woebken and Kenichi Okada Coming soon... Coming soon...
Meek FM is an interpretation of type as sound. Using bespoke software and the MEEK typographic synthesizer, the musician/designer develops sounds and typographic visuals in parallel. Meek FM was premiered as an interactive installation at the Typo2007 in Berlin, where the Meek FM team also performed live.
The Ishin-Den-Shin interactive installation addresses physicality and intimacy in digital audio communication. It consists of a microphone that can record sounds and transmit them through touch. Once recorded, the sound is transformed in an inaudible signal. This signal is transmitted to a person’s body when holding the microphone. The signal can be transmitted by physical contact, from body to body. The recorded sound becomes audible only when touching someones ear. The sound can be heard only by the specific ear which is touched, as if the finger would be whispering the recorded sounds. Secrets, messages and whispers can then be transmitted from person to person in physical contact with each others. Bodies become a broadcasting medium for intimate, physical, sound communication.
The ‘Green Brain Project’ combines computational neuroscience modelling, learning and decision theory, modern parallel computing methods, and robotics with data from state-of-the-art neurobiological experiments on cognition in the honeybee Apis mellifera. These various methodologies are used to build and deploy a modular model of the honeybee brain describing detection, classification, and learning in the olfactory and optic pathways as well as multi-sensory integration across these sensory modalities.
Eidos is a radical new approach to wearable augmented reality that lets us enhance and control our existing senses in real-time. Eidos currently consists of two prototype technologies: Eidos Vision enhances the way we see motion, while Eidos Audio allows us to hear speech more selectively. Eidos allows us to highlight previously invisible or inaudible details, opening up new and customisable experiences.
YESECT is a wearable interactive installation that reflects an Out-of-Bodiment in an immersive way. By this it allows users to experience their environemts from new points of view. The world, as we perceive in reality and through media is aligned to binocular and stereoscopic vision of human beings. These omnipresent human-centristic perspectives and the critical debate about contemporary 3D Technology that only simulates real space and does not stimulate the lust for new and curiosity were the initial point from where the work on EYESECT began. The Question: “How do we not see” and the fascination for cybernetic – spirtual utopias, Science Fiction and bionic experiments lead to the development of one helmet device and two freely attachable camera eyes.
A tactile navigation belt developed by the University of Osnabrueck. The feelSpace compass belt is a device to augment the senses by projecting the direction of true north directly on the waist of the belt bearer.
Artists Kenichi Okada and Chris Woebken have created three devices designed to give children a chance to experience heightened animal senses.
The Green Brain project
Tim Bouckley's eidos project
Eyesect project, by The Constitute
Animal Superpowers, by Chris Woebken and Kenichi Okada