Cardiovascular Data Companions
Cardiovascular Data Companions is an experiment in engaging people with their cardiovascular data through visceral interactive objects.
The goal of my project is to engage people with their cardiovascular data through visceral interactive objects. The prototype I’m developing is an amorphous object with a life force that’s linked to that of its user. The project is built on top of an existing heart rate exercise tracking application, Nike+, and pulls the user’s cardiovascular data (BPM readings) from the app. Extrapolating from Nike+ data, each object provides a simulation of its user’s cardiovascular function during exercise, allowing the user to replay his/her body's response to a workout. The object materializes and embodies the user's cardiovascular function under exercise stress - providing biofeedback to the user in sensorily rich and empathetic ways. When an object is picked up by its user, it mimics the prominent human physiological response to physical stress - increased heart rate and force of contraction and increased depth and rate of breathing. The visceral interaction is meant to induce something like a meditate state, where users re-engage with the often invisible, autonomic rhythms of their bodies.