Brain Waves Operate 3D-Printed Helmet like Metallic Alien Cocoon
Behnaz Farahi's wearable piece Synapse morphs in response to the activities of the wearer's brain
Synapse is a 3D printed helmet from Behnaz Farahi that morphs into different shapes in response to the wearer’s brain waves. Farahi is a designer, architect and Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California interested in the exploration of interactive environments and their relation to the movement of the human body.
This wearable piece moves and morphs in response to the activities of the brain. The aim of the project is to explore the possibilities of multi-material 3D printing in order to produce a shape-changing structure around the body, as a type of second skin. It also attempts to explore direct control of movement with neural commands from the brain, so that we could effectively control the environment around us using only our thoughts.
It has been created using a modified and redesigned Neurosky’s EEG chip and Mindflex headset, resulting in a seamless blend of technology and design. Neurosky’s EEG technology can assess cognitive load and measure various data (Attention, Meditation, Delta, Theta, Low Alpha, High Alpha, Low Beta, High Beta, Low Gamma, and High Gamma).
The 3D printed helmet was produced using Autodesk Object Connex500 multi-material 3D printing technology. Its design aims to provide a flexible and soft structure that enables maximum contraction and expansion. You can check out Synapse morphing into various shapes in the video below: