How can the brain move a kinetic sculpture made of inflating and deflating car tires? That’s the challenge the team of Krystof Kaplan, Vlasta Koudelka, and Dmitri Berzon. They have set out to create an application to be used by an individual connected to the sculpture using an OpenVibe interface controlling air pressure tubes via the open source software.
From the team’s github page: “The kinetic worm can move and breathe using its pneumatic mussels made of 24 tires. Extra eight tires are constantly inflated and form a sculpture skeleton. OpenVibe is connected to NeuroSky Mindwave mobile device and further analyze the eeg stream to obtain a robust eeg marker. Relative frontal alpha power was chosen to measure a level of concentration.”
My immediate question was to the neuro-imaging engineer, Vlasta, was whether this project he was mentoring is also interesting for his field of research.
We know the brain is able to change its functions to a certain extent (a person loosing a neural ability such as sight, or improving their hearing or certain other brain functions, for instance). Can the brain be used directly as a device or as more of a muscle that operates the kinetic sculpture activating other parts of the brain that one would need to make ones hand operate the worm?
- Krystof Kaplan is an artist and author of kinetic sculpture dedicated and designed for BCI and neuro-feedback purposes
- Vlastimil Koudelka is an engineer and researcher in neuro-imaging, machine learning, and optimization
- Dmitri Berzon is a Concept developer / Light designer, Programmer, Conceptual artist specializing in interactive installations
- Cyril Kaplan is a psychologist specializing on EEG correlates of mental and emotional activity, music producer, openVibe and PD programmer.