Role : Designer, Researcher, Director, Technologist
2015 - Ongoing
A thesis for the Master of Fine Arts
in department of Design and Technology at
Parsons School of Design, NY
Atta-matic: mind the body is a series of speculative and whimsical wearable devices that highlight the disconnect between our mind and body in sedentary lifestyle.
Keybod is a computer keyboard worn on the upper body that forces the wearer to be mindful of the practice of typing as well as their posture.
Click-kick are shoe covers that work as a computer’s mouse with existing energetic movements controlling its cursor.
Text-neck is a collar piece that disrupts its wearer, helping them to avoid staying in a bad posture longer than desired when interacting with a smartphone.
This project aims to enhance our perception of how contemporary human-machine interfaces encourage and produce very particular body postures and gestures, which in turn shape behavior that becomes an automatic response or habit.
The devices create an intervention by poetically defamiliarizing the wearer from their usual interactions with digital tools, and aims to provide an experience that will enhance their awareness of how we conform to certain body postures that have formed as a result of interacting with digital tools. By bringing in activities we don’t usually associate with, or have never seen in a digital environment, the project aims to make our unconscious interactions more conscious.
The main point that I want the audience to gain from the project is realization of the new perception of their own body and raising awareness about how we can get locked in some posture when we are using a digital devices, and we can become mindful when interacting with these devices. They are also body instruments that make whimsical, mischievous, and eccentric interaction to exaggerate the inhabiting of our own bodies.
No. 01 KEYBOD
a computer keyboard worn on the upper body that forces the wearer to be mindful of the practice of typing as well as their posture. Bridging physical space and digital space by simultaneously adding a functional layer to the body: wearing it.
Instead of pressing a keyboard, wearer can type by tapping on his or her own body to type. It also sends notifications to interrupt the screen when the wearer sits with bad posture. Ironically, this interaction functions like punishment and healing at the same time. This project explores these questions to determine if this unusual physical interaction can affect both digital interactions and the wellbeing of body and mind.
No. 02 CLICK-KICK
Shoe covers that work as a computer’s mouse with existing energetic movements controlling its cursor.
Using accelerometer and gyroscope to measure how they move. Trying to bring dance and exercise activities to control devices. Using lower body moment and kicking to control a computer mouse extend the boundaries of our personal space into the spaces that we inhabit.
No. 03 TEXT-NECK
a collar piece that disrupts its wearer, helping them to avoid staying in a bad posture longer than desired when interacting with a smartphone.
This piece comments on the text-neck posture, the posture that cause by addicted to smartphone what people bend their head to look at their phone. On the back of the head areas correspond to the locations of the lesser and greater occipital nerves. All day people are craning they head hang on spine is putting extra weight to the spine. The piece will sent message to the smartphone that wearer using if they stay in the posture too long.
Exhibitions and Demos
Designers of Things, BIOMEDevice, San Jose
Maker Faire 2016, New York
NYC Media Lab Summit 2016, New York
Erote Exhibition, Hollow Art Space, Brooklyn
Bushwick Collective 2016, Brooklyn
Between Spaces, New York
SXstyle at SXSW, Austin
NYC Media Lab Summit 2015, New York
Demo Night: Sound + Textiles at Eyebeam, New York
Collaborated Technologist: Tharit Tothong
Garment Design Assistance for Keybod: Hayley Qu
Director of Photography: Victor Chen
Cast: Toto L.
Sound design: Xzayoso
Still Photography: Thana Brick
Special Thanks: Tothong Family, Marko Tandefelt,
Loretta Wolozin, Melanie Crean, Ethan Silverman,
Anthony Deen, Adiel Fernandez, Youngmin Kim,
Yuchen Zhang, Chuck Kuan
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