Science + Knitting = NeuroKnitting and the opportunity to wear your brainwaves for all the world to see. These awesomely unusual scarves are the work of artist duo Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet, and Music Technology Group researcher Sebastian Mealla. Together they’ve figured out how to plot brainwave activity into a one-of-a-kind knitting pattern by having a subject listen to Bach’s Goldberg Variations while wearing an EEG headset.

“The audio was about 10 minutes long and we downsampled each second of the signal coming from the 14 channels of the EEG device. Three main features were measured: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. After recording, those features were converted into a knitting pattern. Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.”

The neural data is printed as a bicolor pattern using Knitic, the team’s open hardware knitting machine. The resulting scarves are some of the most wonderfully geeky fashion statements we’ve ever seen. Each one is as unique and personal to its wearer as their own fingerprints.

Visit the Knitic website to learn more about this awesome project.

Photos by Mar Canet

[via The Visual News]


NeuroKnitting – let me knit with your brain! via Graphism


NeuroKnitting. Plotted brainwave activity into a knitted pattern.


NeuroKnitting is a collaboration project by Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet and Sebastian Mealla which plots brainwave activity into a knitted pattern.

The NeuroKnitting machine: tus ondas cerebrales convertidas en una bufanda

En el campo de la fisiología humana, se ha constatado cómo la música es capaz de inducir respuestas emocionales, rápidas y efectivas en el cerebro humano. Neuroknitting es un experimento que analiza cómo nuestro cerebro reacciona ante la música mediante el uso de auriculares EEG (electroencefalograma).

La máquina NeuroKnitting, registra con los citados auriculares  el efecto cerebral al escuchar “Variaciones  Goldberg” de Johann Sebastian Bach, y desarrolla patrones de tejido basados en los niveles de relajación, excitación y carga cognitiva del individuo. Los patrones creados se envían a una máquina de tejer que crea una bufanda con las progresiones cerebrales registradas… et voilà! ¡tu bufanda personalizada con lo que sentías en ese momento!… ¿serán la nueva moda en Pinterest? 

NeuroKnitting from varvara on Vimeo.