Marshmallow Laser Feast is a London-based design studio researching and exploring the boundaries between virtual and real-world experiences. Eyes of the Animal is an interactive project that invites the public to an uncommon virtual reality setting conceived especially for experiences in actual forests, giving the opportunity to see the world as an insect would.
If technology transformed animals into people; is technology perhaps also capable of changing people back into animals? Architect and interaction designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other, and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. Rest assure, we are the primitives of a next nature.
PolyEyes 2.0 is an experimental project by London-based multi-disciplinary studio Interactive Architecture Lab. In this augmented reality helmet – and its very wide headset – we can find a Raspberry Pi Camera Module on each side of the head, able to rotate close to 180-degrees, allowing the wearers to see all around them without having to turn their head. This enables human beings to upgrade their vision to that of clumsy chameleons. The exotic animal has a 180-degrees vision thanks to its eyeballs, which can move independently of each other allowing them to have a wider perspective of reality.
Botox – one of the many self-cultivating tools people use in the effort to design themselves – works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing facial expressions. Studies suggest that by doing so, it limits the ability to process the emotional content of language, and may lower the quality of emotional experiences.
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, has invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens: lenses that after being implanted through an eight minute surgery, improve eyesight up to threefold. These prosthetic lenses, besides transforming the individual who adopts them into a literal cyborg, prevent issues like cataracts, according to Dr. Webb.
A pill that makes you smarter without causing harmful side-effects? Modafinil might be this “smart-drug”. The substance is generally prescribed to narcolepsy patients. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Modafinil is designed to keep narcoleptic people awake but, when taken by a healthy person, it might boost alertness even further.