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The Ultimate Wearable: A Second Skin That Feels What You Can't
By: Fast Company
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We’re surrounded by intangible information. Every second of the day, radio waves resonate encrypted messages through our walls, furniture, and skulls. And to translate this omnipresent flood, we pick up our phones or open our laptops, pressing endless buttons while staring into screens. It’s one of the great problems with interfaces today—and one not necessarily solved by something like the Apple Watch, which really just shrinks the screen for your wrist.

In response, the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture created a project called Sarotis. It’s a provocative proof-of-concept of what our world could be like if our bodies could feel data rather than simply see it.

The device, highlighted on Prosthetic Knowledge, is made from silicone to wrap around a person’s leg, arm, and neck. It's pneumatic, meaning it can be triggered to inflate and deflate based on how it is programmed to respond to the world around it. The soft material gently pushes against the wearer's own body, acting almost as a second skin that reacts to the word around us. (The images you see, of fluid flowing through the device, are a more artful speculation on where the technology could go next.)

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