DIY Synesthesia-Mask

Für den Science Hack Day 2011 in San Francisco haben ein paar Leute eine Synästhesie-Maske gebastelt, mit der man Optik auf der Haut fühlen kann. Dazu haben sie eine Webcam gehackt, deren Auflösung auf 3×4 Pixel reduziert und in einem 1-Bit-Modus laufen lassen (schwarz/weiß), die Signale haben sie an die in die Maske eingebauten Lautsprecher geschickt, die angeschaltet wurden, sobald die Kamera etwas sah. Schöne Idee!

Synesthesia is a condition in which one sensation (sight, hearing, etc) gets mixed up with another. This can cause situations in which someone “smells” sounds, or “sees” touches.

For this hack, we designed and built a full head mask that allows the wearer to feel images in real time. The mask is arrayed with 12 speakers that contact the skin of the face. When an image is captured with a webcam and converted into a 12 pixel black-and-white representation. The computer activates arduinos that control the speakers. If the pixel is white, the corresponding speaker is turned on. If the pixel is black, the corresponding speaker is turned off. This allows the wearer to feel (via the vibrations of the speakers) on their face.

Syneseizure – Unmasking Reality (via Hackaday)