cellF is the world’s first neural synthesizer. It is a real “wet-alogue” Synthesizer. cellF’s “brain” is made of a biological neural network that grows in a Petri dish and controls in real time an array of analogue modular synthesizers that were custom made to work in synergy with the neural network. It is a completely autonomous, wet and analogue instrument.
In 2012, Guy Ben-Ary received a fellowship to develop a biological self-portrait, and decided to portray one of his juvenile dreams: to become a rock star.
Guy Ben-Ary had a biopsy taken from his arm, then he cultivated his skin cells in vitro in the labs of SymbioticA at UWA, and using Induced Pluripotent Stem cell technology, he transformed his skin cells into stem cells. When these stem cells began to differentiate they were pushed down the neuronal lineage until they became neural stem cells, which were then fully differentiated into neural networks over a Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) dish to become – “Ben-Ary’s external brain”.
The MEA dishes that host Ben-Ary’s neural networks consist of a grid of 8×8 electrodes. These electrodes can record the electric signals (action potentials) that the neurons produce and at the same time send stimulations to the neurons – essentially a read-and-write interface to the “brain”.
The Creators Project sat down with Thea Baumann to talk wearable technology, augmented reality, and fashion for the future. Alongside anime, computer games, and cyberpunk, the creative technologist draws inspiration from the post-90s internet generation and the way that new technologies are shaping social consciousness. Baumann explains how learning to reverse engineer computer games and hack digital landscapes led her to create glam-tech company Metaverse Makeovers, whose products include augmented reality nail art, blurring the boundaries of fashion, technology, and identity.
“Moon” is a song by Icelandic artist Björk. It is the first track on her album Biophilia (2011) and was released as the fourth and final single before the release of the album. Each song in the album features a theme related to nature. In “Moon”, Björk explores the lunar cycles and the effect they have on Earth.
DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin.
With the help of this new technology, the features will be embedded on the skin in the form of a #tattoo. The interface of the tattoo will help the user move the virtual cursor on their device, store data and send commands to other devices.
Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.