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What is a prosthetic? We have seen artificial limbs for amputees and the Cheetah (R) foot for track and field athletes. You can have your fingertips replaced if you accidentally slice them off while making dinner. Cancer survivors can have their breasts reconstructed if they've lost them in treatment.
But what if you wanted a super-human digit? Or what if you want to shave off minutes from your current marathon time? Where is that fine line between restoring and enhancing?
In this 4-hour workshop we will look at how artists and scientists are currently hacking the body and we'll discuss the socio-technical, cultural and ethical issues we will be facing as these these hacks become widely possible, prevalent and undetectable.
We'll use some simple prototyping materials, microcontrollers and electronics to build physical prototypes of our own prosthetic designs, working with fellow innovators to explore the complex issues and exciting possibilities.
If you already have an Arduino and breadboard bring it! ThingTank will provide sensors, actuators and prototyping materials to work with. ThingTank can also provide Arduinos for the workshop session but if you would like to purchase an Arduino to show off your masterpiece to family and friends please order it with your registration.
Our sincere thanks for Shannon Bell and Erika Biddle-Stavrakos for their conceptual help, Liav Koren and Valenten K. for their technical help and to the workshop coordinators and hosts, Nina Czegledy and Adriana Ieraci.
ThingTank Members can purchase up to 2 reduced-rate registrations for this workshop.
Come ready to roll up your sleeves and have some fun!
5.00 Participant arrival
5.10 Welcome, Introduction and Overview
5.20 Cast and wax molding of participant fingers - led by Valenten K.
Small group guided design - small teams - led by
5.45 Theoretical and conceptual overview by Shannon Bell and Erika Biddle-Stavrakos
6.05 Small group guided design continued - small teams
6.35 Technical overview for build - led by Liav Koren
6.50 Small group hands-on build
8.50 Small group summary and demo
9.00 end of workshop
You may pay via Paypal or at the door.
Bring your own laptop! Note that we will supply arduinos and all necessary electronic components. If you wish to purchase a kit or to keep your material, you may do so for a fee of $45.
When & Where
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.