Wearable Forest

Wearable Forest is bio-acoustic clothing that interacts with a remote forest using network technology. The intention of this interface is to provide users with an opportunity to feel connected with nature regardless of their physical location. Wearable Forest introduces  a new interactive sound system that creates a sense of unity between the user and a remote soundscape through remote-controlled speakers and microphones.

Wearable Forest is conceptually based on human-computer biosphere interaction in  that it uses wearable technology to enable bio-acoustical interaction with the subtropical forest of the southern Ryukyu Islands of Japan. The clothing uses embedded speakers, LEDs, an embedded CPU system, and a wireless connection to process and play acoustic data received from the forest. Sensors allow the user to transmit pre-recorded acoustic data back  to the forest installation, creating a bio-acoustical loop.


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Wearable forest clothing system: beyond human-computer interaction. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Art Gallery (SIGGRAPH ’09), Jacquelyn Martino (Ed.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 1 , 7 pages.
Wearable Forest Clothing System : Beyond Human-Computer Interaction”, LEONARDO / Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press), Vol.42, No.4, pp.300-306 (2009.8.3)

1st Juried Design Exhibition Jury Award First Place, 12th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers


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