Archive for category: Physical Computing

Wearing your heart on your head

Wearing your heart on your head

The idea for an ‘empathy hat’ was born after a discussion about how comfortable people would be to show how they are really feeling. How open do we want to be about our feelings? Facial expressions are easy to regulate and so are words, but physiological reactions are less easy to […]

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Mediating Emotion

Mediating Emotion

Everyday life is full of emotion. We react to situations, conversations, sudden events and elements of our environment in affective ways. As the Neuropsychologist Antonio Damasio complellingly argued[1], emotions, such as pleasure and preference, are intrinsic aspects of making decisions, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Above all, however emotion […]

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Cybraphon, a robot with feelings

Cybraphon, a robot with feelings

What would happen if we could make a machine that recognizes emotions? And further, what if we could make a machine that has ‘emotions’?How would ‘it’ communicate and to what effect? In 2009, the Edinburgh-based, art collective FOUND, created the Cybraphon, a musical automaton inspired by the play-pianos of the 19th […]

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