SYNAPSE, A 3D PRINTED HELMET MOVING & ILLUMINATING ACCORDING TO YOUR BRAIN ACTIVITY

SYNAPSE, A 3D PRINTED HELMET MOVING & ILLUMINATING ACCORDING TO YOUR BRAIN ACTIVITY
Behnaz Farahi is an interaction designer, architect, Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she is exploring the potential of interactive systems using advanced computational technologies.  Her latest work features a collaboration with Pauline Van Dongen on her latest Ruff 3D printed responsive garment.

Today, we wanted to introduce you to her project Synapse, a multi-material 3D printed wearable headpiece that moves and changes shape in response to the activities of the brain.  “The project aims to play with the intimacy of our bodies and the environment to the point that the distinction between them becomes blurred, as both have ‘become’ a single entity”, tells Behnaz Farahi.

The helmet’s motion is controlled by the Eletroencephalography (EEG) of the brain. A Neurosky’s EEG chip and Mindflex headset have been modified and redesigned in order to create a seamless blend between technology and design. Watch the video below,directed by Nicolas Cambier, to see how Synapse comes to life.

Incorporated to Synapse, the modified Neurosky EEG chip assesses cognitive load and measures various data such as AttentionMeditation, DeltaTheta, Low Alpha, High Alpha, Low Beta, High Beta, Low Gamma, and High Gamma values. The EEG technology records and monitors of the electrical activity caused by the firing of neurons in the brain. The neural commands related to the “Attention” level are therefore translated into actual motions. This operates as a direct interface that allows users to interact with their immediate and non- immediate environments.

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The 3D printed helmet was produced using Autodesk’ Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printing technology, which is able to print a soft (black) and hard (white, in this case) in a single operation. The design of the helmet aims to provide a flexible and soft structure which enables maximum contraction and expansion.

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April 12, 2015

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