ling QL explores wearable technology with reality mediators ling QL explores wearable technology with reality mediators
nov 19, 2013

ling QL explores wearable technology with reality mediators

ling QL explores wearable technology with reality mediators
all images courtesy of ling QL




focusing on the technological and ethical implications of wearable technology, ‘mediated reality’ by london-based designer ling QL explores the impact of body-embedded devices on their users. incorporating 3D printing and body sensing components, the project questions the artificial modification of human perception when it is deliberately enhanced or altered. the futuristic design consists of a series of wearable objects that are worn on the user for an extended period of time. recorded information helps to gain insight into one’s interaction and navigation of their surrounding environment. devised as a critique against commercially adorned technology, the work explores the limits of human acceptance towards this new form of skin extension.



‘reality mediators’
video courtesy of ling QL



GPS sensor: a way of reading the body’s feedback locating its user in space



muscle activity sensors: body feedback through muscle tension level



muscle stimulation arm band: sends electrical stimulation to the user as form of information



brainwave sensor: one way to access the wearer’s body feedback



sound actuator: sends beep sound stimulation to the user as form of information



heat actuator: increases the body temperature as information is fed to the senses



the design, branding and packaging of the devices are intentionally made to resemble that of consumer based products



a conceptual instruction manual to help the user understand the effect each device



graphical illustration for users to imagine how to wear each device



graphical illustration of data collected by the author after wearing each device for an extended period of time



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