The design of the Brain Wave Sofa, a
collaboration with Lucas
, is the result of a brain wave scan measured by means
of an elektro-encefalogram (EEG) using a set of electrodes
connected to the head. A computer application for neuro-feedback
displays the data as a 3D landscape image , in which the depth is
the frequency of brain-activity in Hertz, the height is the
strength of the signal and the length is the progression of time
The role of the 'designer' is challenged in this procedure, by
looking at the 3d visuals you are directly influencing your design.
In this case Maassen controlled the form by opening and closing his
eyes while measuring a specific wavelength known as the Alpha
activity (8-12 Hertz). The Alpha activity is peculiar because it
strengthens when you close your eyes in contrast to other brain
activity that declines. This is to prepare your brain for the large
input of signals when you open your eyes.