Aisen Caro Chacin’s Wearables Let You Hear Color, Echolocate, and Smell Time
CBC has a piece on artist and researcher Aisen Caro Chacin’s project, “Sensory Pathways for the Plastic Mind,” which allows wearers the chance to experience altered sensory perception. From CBCNews:
One device allows wearers to smell the time.
The watch contains small bulbs that hold various scents, which are released at various times:
12 a.m. – 6 a.m. is chamomile.
6 a.m. – 12 p.m. is coffee, “to start waking you up slowly.”
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. is paper and tarnish, “because I wanted to make it smell like money.”
6 p.m. – 12 a.m. is whisky and tobacco.
While these smells are Chacin’s favourites, they can be adjusted to suit the wearer’s preferences.
The watch also contains small amounts of chemicals to promote the desired state of being. For example, there’s a touch of caffeine during the coffee-scented hours and some melatonin in the evenings.
Another device, dubbed the play-a-grill, transmits sound using bone conduction hearing. It allows users to hear music through their teeth when the retainer-like device is placed in their mouth.
Her final two creations in that project are headphones that enable people to use echolocation — similarly to bats or whales — and a contraption that helps people see with their tongue.
While her work is artistic in nature, Chacin believes it could become assistive technology for some people.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.