Instructor: Benjamin H. Bratton
In collaboration with Gene Lee, Eric Battin, Nancy Kwon, Yoon Choi, and Divya Gaitonde
Nanoskin // Engineered skin to enhance, displace, and share tactile experience through disconnected, anonymous service providers. How might skin as an extension of ourselves, beyond our physical confines change our expression of intimacy and what new services would emerge out of this focused disconnect? How does one participate in communal skin, and what does it mean to recall and reprogram touch.
The following images are studies for our scenarios.
Experiencing sensing through receiving that sensation from a remote location. In this scenario, you can sense the experience by connecting your body with of another remote body. By using this remote body you can acquire any type of service that your body can sense through the skin from anonymous service provider. As a group, we discussed the idea of hacking this scenario. Since it’s anonymous, it would be hard to identify without any gateway.
New Taste through Nano Gastronomy
Food science has been taken advantage of many technical innovations from scientific disciplines. In our Nanoskin scenario, the physical and chemical transformation of ingredients has been removed but sensation of tastes: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Nanoskin food service can bring a thrilling combination of textures and flavors in molecular level. It has nothing to do with functional structure but entertaining your sensations by embedding nanosensors on taste buds.
Taste through Sound Waves
When eating we can taste through sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Then why not taste food through sound waves. We frequently ask people, “What’s your taste in music?” With this device we can use the different attributes in sound waves (frequency, amplitude, and phase) and remapped it to food in correlation to its composition: size, temperature, mass, etc. It will not be replacement for taste, but an addition. By working on this composition, we started to ask “What is we can create a taste through tongue for Hey Jude by the Beatles?”
Experience as we understand is unique to each individual. In this case, we have taken the opportunity of disrupting this idea with sensors that allow people to be able to feel the sensation of others. What occurs is an embodiment of these sensations through the tactile sensors that are connected to remote individuals. The resulting effect is both reflective of human the desire of storytelling and literally having an understanding of how another person experiences their environment.