Self-proclaimed engineer, designer and artist Cati Vaucelle created a variant of a wearable Electromagnetic Field Detector in the form of a bracelet.
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors are certainly not new and wearable prototypes have been created throughout the past years like the one mentioned on the Make Blog by Jonah Brucker-Cohen but Cati Vaucelle build the most complete and almost fashionable version showing the direction how EMF indication could be integrated into our clothing.
The harmfulness of electromagnetic fields in our digital environment is often discussed and there is not a clear answer if the EMF pollution is harmful or not. Studies that ‘proof’ the harmfulness and studies that say the opposite keep the balance. It’s ultimately up to every ones decision to watch of for EMF exposure.
Cati Vaucelle’s Electromagnetic Field Detector Bracelet shows how to design a cost-effective wearable sensor to detect and indicate the strength of an electromagnetic field around the wearer.
Her design concept demonstrated in the video below shows the electric field emanating from a laptop display.
Cati Vaucelle graduated from MIT in 2002 under the guidance of Dr. Hiroshi Ishii. She is currently researcher and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Laboratory. Her work explores how our expectations of physical space are transformed by digital technology. She studies the seamless sensory interventions by providing the wearers the opportunity to use fashion as a supporting mental health treatment.
The Electromagnetic Field Detector Bracelet is another example how ‘sensible’ technology can be integrated into clothing transforming them into the sensory second skin I imagine will become one day reality.