Hacking Heuristics

OPEN SOURCE PROCESS 

01.06.2022

BAD AWARD: Hacking Heuristics BAD Award Winners

DIY COPPER SENSORS
The development of these copper sensors instead of having to use sticky single use elecrodes offers more flexibility and accessibility for moving this technology to a public space and public interaction.   
INPUT AND OUTPUT
After simply communicating with each other how we usually do, we added electrical stimulation patches to each other, firstly to see if these would interfere with the signals we were reading, and secondly to explore the idea of control - controlling someone elses body, how does that make the other feel?    
BRAIN WAVE SHAPE
What fascinated me was seeing that unline other biosignals, which often just produce a single line and some noise, the signals from the electrodes on my prefrontal cortex make this beautiful helix shape! As if illustrating our dna..   
INTER-ACTION
Myself and my partner, communicating to each other whilst Marcel (the neuroscientist) looked at the graphs. First we use spoken language, then only body langugage, then only through our eyes and minds.   
SIGNALS ON SCREEN
Brain waves - looking at the graph on the top right - those between 0 and 30 hertz illustrate meditative states, those between 60 and 90 are active brain waves, such as when we think and make decisions, try to solve problems.   
INTERACTION THROUGH DIGITAL DEVICE
Interacting with content, visual and audio, stories, through the use of a phone. How does this differ to interacting with a physical human?   
SENSING INTERACTIONS
Today we recorded our hearts, sweat and brain waves -- 3 different sensors with several high-pass and low pass filters.    
TYPES OF INTERACTION
On Monday we will connect ourselves into our data acquisition machine and measure our heart, brain and sweat response while engaging in several types of interaction. The purpose of this is to see how our bodies respond to these interactions, and if a change can be detected using the sensors.   
ISOLATED STIMULATOR
Connected to this machine, is also the option of choosing to send an electrical impulse as an output. Taking a look at the parameters - this could be useful to also give the neural network the same parameters to work with.     
COPPER POLES AS SENSORS
By using two copper pipes, connected to GND and INPUT + of the DIN cable, we were able to measure several things at the same time: 1. Sweat response 2. Heart Rate 3. Breath   
POWER SPECTRUM
In the right hand corner you can see the colours indicating the hertz of the power generated by my muscles. Right now we are using existing sensors with an existing program but in the future we will develop our own.   
HACKING THE SYSTEM
So to be able to explore new sensors, I replicated the 8 pin DIN input cable, so that we can plug in our own sensors into the PowerLab box.   
CLOSED SYSTEMS
In the lab, they work with these boxes which provide outputs and inuts, and run through a program called PowerLabs. Unfortunately it is very cool, but the system is super closed (you have to use it with the program).  
BIOSIGNALS IN THE LAB
In the neuroscience lab, our process beings by discovering what biosignals are readable, and which hold meaning.   
FINAL OUTPUT ILLUSTRATION
Taking the form of an octopus, inspired by its decentralised brain.   
DATA ACQUISITION FLOW
PITCHING OUR IDEA
On the 1st of June, we pitched our idea and won!   
BALANCING ROBOT
This is the 'balancing robot' in the neuroscience department. Here, it alters your perception of balance.   

03.06.2022

Neuroscience BAD Award Winner 2022, BIO Art & Design