[Cyborg] workshop: extension of man, hacking the body - prosthetics
mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 23 10:30:24 PST 2011
ThingTank here in Toronto is putting on a pretty interesting looking
workshop, which I just signed up for:
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
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.
Should be super interesting, I may blog about it!
More information about the Cyborg