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Jan 20, 2006

E-motional linkage

Via we-make-money-not-art 

The project ‘Ether Beat' has developed devices that sense, process, transmit and receive the ECG wavelength. The collection is made up of two sets of garments. The effect provided by the garments is of the heartbeat wavelength of your remote friend/lover/relative being received as vibration through your garment. Conceptually, the motivation for the project is two-fold: to question whether usage of the apparatus will encourage physiological empathy - the moderation of ones heartbeat to syncopate with that of the remote other; and emotional empathy - the establishment of a remote emotional linkage.
The garments utilise simple technologies, which have been ‘rejigged' to suit the prototype, combined with specifically designed processing equipment. From a design perspective, the challenge has been to utilise the structure of the requisite technologies to inform the development of the apparel, rather than retrofitting an existing garment. Thus, they have been drafted from the initial stages using traditional construction techniques in non-traditional ways to accommodate electronic pathways, processing equipment, and battery power.

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