Archives for the month of: February, 2016

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First project in industrial processes/fabrication course: create a mask, wearable by (most) anyone, which enhances or obscures one of our senses.

Initial thoughts:

I am immediately drawn to the visual system (except for a brief thought tangent on mechanotransduction via sensory hairs). With vision comes all sorts of interesting possibilities, though I’m not sure yet how many are suitable for a mask, need to experiment a bit.  My main starting idea is that of modified pinhole glasses (which can enhance visual acuity for those that wear glasses, however they reduce the amount of light getting into the eye, not so good for dim situations).  There are lots of parameters- pinhole size, shape, distribution.  I’ll try not to get too hung up on messing with these and focus on the assignment, but fun to think about- one twist could be to have interchangeable pinhole arrays with different properties, like different pinhole shapes. US20140268030A1-20140918-D00000-2.png
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