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June 22, 2006

Implant Matrix


An Empathic Matrix

Implant Matrix is an interactive geotextile that could be used for reinforcing landscapes and buildings of the future. The matrix is capable of mechanical empathy. A network of mechanisms react to human occupants as erotic prey. The structure responds to human presence with subtle grasping and sucking motions, ingesting organic materials and incorporating them into a new hybrid entity.

Implant Matrix is composed of interlinking filtering 'pores' within a lightweight structural system. Primitive interactive systems employ capacitance sensors, shape-memory alloy wire actuators and distributed microprocessors. The matrix is fabricated by laser cutting direct from digital models.

By Philip Beesley and Will Elsworthy with Robert Gorbet and Steven Wood. Assistant Designers: Eric Bury, Liana Bresler, Miriam Ho, Desmond Shum. At Interaccess Gallery June 1-29, 2006.

Posted by jo at June 22, 2006 04:30 PM