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]