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Winning project of Next Things 2015 – Conducta. LABoral & Telefonica I+D

2015.06.16 // Prize

The project Environment Dress wins Next Things 2015-Conducta. el Cuarto Desafío Global de Arte y Tecnología, a joint call by Telefónica I+D, a research, development and innovation company of Grupo Telefónica, and LABoral. This call is aimed at linking up art and technology, artists and technology, and unleashing the huge potential that lies in combining the creativity and vision of artists with powerful open hardware technologies.

With Environment Dress we propose to create a smart dress that captures environment data to measure the aggressiveness around us and analysing how it affects our mood and behaviour.This wearable dress will be equipped with sensors to analyse questions such as variations in noise, temperature, atmospheric pressure, ultraviolet radiation or the amount of carbon monoxide present in our daily life. All this information will be transferred, via Bluetooth or open wifi networks, to a mobile phone connected to the Internet and it will generate a big database set up with the geolocated references collected. These data will be shown to the user wearing the smart dress, or to anyone connecting to the project’s web or app, through an “amiable” visualisation.

Once the data hosted in a server have been analysed, response profiles are generated. For instance, when the programme running on the server detects a very high level of ultraviolet radiation, or a high concentration on carbon monoxide in the dress, it will send back a resoponse to the user of the dress that will be visualised through changes in lighting, always dependent on the data collected. Thus, the one that wears the dress will be warned that something in the environment is disturbing him.

Enviroment Dress will be a dress developed in open code, with free hardware and software. The projects website will host as well all the information needed for anyone to material needed to build one’s own dress.

LABoral Centro de Arte.
< Laser cutting at textile laboratory. University of Vigo

Statement

Our work as art group brings together a collection of works and projects in which we study the interrelations and intersections that occur between machines and the human being.

We approach these issues in different kind of pieces: Interactive installations, sound interventions, multimedia pieces, etc. However, the support is not more than one channel that canalize the project itself.

A transversal and interdisciplinary research where the machine, far from a cold body, acts as an integrating factor, multiplying human capacities for equal us to other living beings or mechanical things already equipped with them.


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