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Human Camera Takes Pictures When Physical Contact Is Made
By John Yong, 26 Sep 2012
In an experiment that explores social interaction, Hong Kong new media artist Eric Siu has transformed a human into a working camera that only takes pictures when physical contact is made.
Called ‘Touchy’, it comprises of a wearable helmet with a pair of automated shutters, a functioning camera and interactive screen.
The shutters blind the person wearing Touchy and they will only open when physical contact is made.
If contact is maintained for 10 seconds, the camera captures an image—which is displayed on the screen located at the back of Touchy.
The concept behind this experiment is to heal social anxiety by creating joyful interactions.
Siu explains that internet social networking and mobile phones actually loosens social boundaries, thus ‘dehumanizing physical communications’.
With Touchy, it actually criticizes this phenomenon—suggesting a solution by transforming a person into a social device.
To find out more about Touch, watch the video below:
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