Brain Waves Operate 3D-Printed Helmet like Metallic Alien Cocoon

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

Emma Hutchings
  • 6 february 2015

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.

synapse transforming 3d printed helmet
The motion of the helmet is controlled by the Eletroencephalography (EEG) of the brain.

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).

synapse transforming 3d printed helmet
As EEG technology allows the recording and monitoring of the brain’s electrical activity, the neural commands related to the ‘Attention’ level are translated into actual motions, offering a direct interface that enables users to interact with their environment.

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:

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