Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 36

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas... 


A Body Of Art

Aural Planes

In an aim to forge deeper connections between our bodies and our environment, architecture firm The Principals created Aural Planes, a visual experience that uses biometric recognition to capture the body’s electrical current and translates it into a sound and light sculpture. Hundreds of electricity conducting rods hang from a sensory grid which, when touched, captures a person’s natural electric charge. Each person’s charge intensity is reflected in the colour and sound patterns formed in the sculpture, creating an entirely unique piece of art for every person, every time.

Read more at https://goo.gl/4ZQ5UJ

How else can biometric recognition use our body’s surface to create unique and entirely personalised experiences?

Wearable Health Solutions

Microsoft Research Innovation Director, Haiyan Zhang, created a wearable device that enabled a graphic designer suffering with Parkinson’s to draw again. Designed specifically for Emma Lawton, the Emma Watch is fitted with sensors that monitor a Parkinson patient’s tremors, then classifies that information using artificial intelligence to elicit counter-balancing vibrations that stabilise the tremors. Zhang along with a London-based neuroscience team are now developing prototypes of the Emma Watch with the hopes of one day releasing it commercially.

Read more at https://goo.gl/1xI7uI

How could new technologies and interfaces be harnessed to create alternative solutions to traditional medical treatments?


Sustaining Natural Ecosystems

New Zealand-based Hivemind is changing the way we understand bee populations. Through WiFi technology that promotes globally connected beehive monitoring, the organisation aims to protect this threatened part of our ecosystem. Touted as the Fitbit for bees, the Hive Strength Monitor uses wireless sensors to track hive activity and temperature and sends this data in real-time to scientists and beekeepers. This immediacy of information distribution is vital to maintaining the health of bee populations and in turn, ensures a sustainable food supply chain of our own - with bees responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat.

Read more at https://goo.gl/Z5Jur0

How could established technologies be applied to new industries to protect our natural ecosystem and grow sustainable resources for future generations?