October 28, 2022SEC Undergraduate Lounge
in collaboration with hAR/VRd
Photos by Kunal Botla
Rarely are we conscious of subtle fluctuations in our internal states, yet our biosignals can convey multitudes about our ourselves and others. Nervous Networks is a series of social experiences using wearable technology, biosensing, and virtual/augmented reality to illustrate collective experience of emotions. Through developing sensor-visualization technologies, we aim to render visible the affective assemblage that results from groups of people as sharing an experience.
In our first iteration, Nervous Network, we examined shared experiences of fear. In our Halloween-themed monthly public event, we engaged participants in building interconnected VR wearables that pulsed to their heartbeat to achieve a “bioluminescent” effect. We connected every participant to each other, creating a network that lit up with increasing heartrates as we watched horror films together. Using long-exposure photography, we illuminated the otherwise internal affect of fright buildup during a shared scary experience.
TeamProject Lead, Design, & Concept
Peggy Yin ‘25
Alice Cai ‘25 (Software)
AnhPhu Nguyen ‘25 (Hardware)
We’re aiming to do another run of this project! If you’re interested, email: firstname.lastname@example.org