Brainwave Sofa

The design of the Brain Wave Sofa, a collaboration with Lucas Maassen, 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 (duration).

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.

date

July 7th 2009
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Brainwave Sofa
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Brainwave Sofa

Process
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Process

Foam cnc-milling,<br>first pass
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Foam cnc
milling,
first pass

Foam cnc-milling,<br>second pass
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Foam cnc
milling,
second pass

Lucas Maassen QEEG
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Lucas Maassen QEEG