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November 11, 2015 AT 12:00 am

Interactive robot wing is controlled by ear movements #WearableWednesday

Thanks to Dmitrii for sharing this great project with us! Check out more info here.

This robotised interactive object / installation looks like a wing, spreading 2,5 meters, hung on the height 3-4 meters. A thin cable is hanging from it, end of which features compact dermal miographic sensors (sensors measuring the electrical potential of muscles). The visitor or performer may install those sensors on his/her head behind the ear. Moving his/her ears, the visitor may direct the movements of the wing robot which hangs above. Only by rhythmical and complete movements one may achieve the full swing of the wing.

The main idea of the project is an ironical and at the same time serious research on the topic of development of new instruments and prostheses as “extensions” of human body and accordingly its possibilities and potentials, which are being revealed by new technologies. At the same time, it’s an attempt to stimulate people to perceive and train the body in a different way, expanding the limits of self-control and self-organisation in order to adapt to the new conditions. At the same time, just like many spiritual practices aiming at the elevation of human soul through deep relaxation and control over seemingly uncontrollable muscles, this project uses the metaphor of flying as a reward for the ability to direct your mind to solving of non-standard tasks.

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