beAT

Exhibition with the UNESCO Creative Cities of design

June 29 – July 12, 2017 / Enghien-les-Bains FRANCE
September 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018 / Saint-Etienne FRANCE

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Date: November, 2014

Concordia University

David Clark – Concept / Creation

Materials: Canvas

Hardware: Built Sippino, Bitalino ECG op-amp, servos

Software: Arduino platform

beAT is a biofeedback wearable, a vest that externalizes the wearer’s heart rate. Through spectacle beAT makes the invisible visible by revealing the wearer’s context-specific physical response to their environment. In this way, beAT exposes a usually concealed layer of personal data. This information may conceivably extend the potential for the wearer to form an empathetic connection with others wearing similarly enchanted garments.

beAT’s hardware is a custom solution consisting of a combination of Arduino and Bitalino tech. The servo-driven shoulder structures are coded in Arduino. The vest is connected to the wearer through three ECG sensors that are attached to the wearer’s chest.