CUSTOM HAPTIC WEARABLES & SOUND COMPOSITION
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HAPTIC WEARABLE COLLABORATORS: DRU BLUMENSHEID, MOHAMMED FARDIN GHOLAMI, YOONHA KIM, AND MAXIME LE CALVE.
TEMPORAL WORLD HAPTISONIC JACKET
Fashion Designer: Dru Blumensheid (BUMESI)
Hardware Engineer: Fardin Ghomai
Developed for the VR project "Temporal World" and based off the "Haptic Hanbok" by Yoonha Kim, Maxime Le Calvé and Fardin Ghomi.
This jacket is an attempt to recreate a vibrational experience, of which the highest frequencies are felt in the neck and
shoulders, while the lowest are felt in the fingertips and waist area.
The "Temporal World" haptisonic jacket and the VR world are inspired by my personal experiences and composed of materials
of my creation.
WHAT DOES "HAPTISONIC" MEAN?
"Haptisonic" is the translation of sound to haptic sensation through sound's natural frequency.
I developed the term "haptisonic" while creating the project "Temporal World" to more easily explain how the system of the project's custom haptic jacket worked with sound.
The haptisonic jacket was based off the "Haptic Hanbok" by Yoonha Kim, Maxime Le Calvé and Fardin Ghomi from the Stretching Materialities Exhibition at Tieranatomisches Theater. Though this word "haptisonic" has not been used to describe a project before, there are several examples of works, occurrences and writings on the inherent connection and translation of sound frequency to vibrational haptic feedback that can be classified as haptisonic.
In "Temporal World" I created custom sounds that were optimized for haptic compositions felt on the body by wearing the haptisonic jacket while composing on the midi keyboard (seen to the left).
DESIGNING ONE JACKET FOR MANY
There was only one Temporal World Haptisonic Jacket produced (and the prototype seen left). Its design was made to fit as many people as possible and includes a prototype of haptic glovelettes.
This double layer system allows motors to be placed according to each individual's body, with the inner wicking sleeve to be placed on key anchor points and tightened.
There are 42-motors in the jacket that start at the neck and shoulders and come down the arms to the finger tips. This design also includes a bass belt.
JACKET LINING LEAVES A TRACE MEMORY
The inside lining of the jacket is from my grandfather's ancestral home in Hoisan China. From the outside the jacket does not appear to contain haptic technology and seems to be a piece of streetwear inspired by the Japanese Kimono. In the inside, hidden, is the texture, a trace of my personal memory.