Technology used to enhance your senses? Well it was bound to happen eventually, the students at London’s Royal College of Art have band together on the Eidos vision and audio project to create experimental facial masks that give the wearer superhuman sight and hearing.
What inspired these brilliant young minds to create these pieces?
The Eidos team is made up of four young adults (Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara). What got them started on to this project you may ask? Well, they were looking into ways on how to improve or even radically change the everyday human experience and were fascinated by technology! By combining these two interests, they arrived at their guiding research question; “how can we use technology to add value to the human body and extend human experience?”
The Eidos vision project began with many rounds of idea generation and 3D brainstorming, which lead to them conducting a number of experiments and tests. They then took those findings and not only consolidated their learning, but also communicated both within the group and with others. The result? Well that speaks for itself.
How does it work?
The Eidos Vision enhances the way we see motion, it achieves a similar effect to long exposure photography for live experience. This is done by detecting and overlaying movement, it allows us to see traces and patterns hidden to the naked eye. Pretty exciting stuff!
The Eidos Audio lets us hear speech more selectively, it does this by neutralizing distracting background noise and then amplifies the speech of your choice. How does it get this right? Well, it uses the principle of bone conduction which creates the unique experience of hearing someone speak right inside your head.
These masks were designed to showcase the Academy’s technology, but have branched out to do so much more! The Eidos Audio has the capabilities of aiding someone who suffers from ADHD, as they will be able to concentrate in noisy and distracting environments. Is this bringing us one step closer to having technology aid disabilities?
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