Nelson Ramon
Saraswathi Subbaraman



Rest of You

Saraswathi's project needs room for a (small) desk, desk chair, computer, projector and wall space (ideally). <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> It would be wonderful if you could provide those items - if not I can work it out.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Participants will sit on the chair, put on my wearable, and use the computer.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Hanny's project space needs room for a power strip, outlet, ceiling space to hang her chandelier, and a yoga mat. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Participants will put on Hanny's wearable, lay on the mat, and watch their breathing dim and brighten the chandelier.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Our projects will need separate spaces. They don't need to be close to each other, but we both agreed that they work well in juxtaposition, so if they are adjacent that works too.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Computer breath was made in response to the initial experience I had monitoring my breath with a stretch sensor.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> I created a graph to watch the expansion and contraction of my lungs, hooking the sensor up through Arduino. I used Processing to graph my breath, and watched contentedly as my breathing created a smooth sin wave.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Then I checked my email.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The sin wave dropped sharply and – maybe due to my surprise – never really recovered it’s evenness. Another drop came when I began explaining my work to a friend who passed by, and yet again as I started just surfing the web – this time in response to my suffering posture.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> I was noting the anxious feeling I had each time the graph dropped when it dawned on me: I HOLD MY BREATH ALL THE TIME. I sigh often, my lungs are compressed when I lean forward to use the computer, the Internet often fills me with a sense of anticipation – bated breath! – and the result is a vague, regular feeling of anxiety.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> The result of those experiments led me to make a wearable sensor that controls the dimness function on your computer via your breath. After initially calibrating a consistent, moderately deep breath, your computer registers when your breathing begins to shallow, and dims in response, brightening when your breathing evens again.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Breathing is critical to our health. The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. A lack of oxygen (hypoxia) is the prime cause of 1.5 million heart attacks each year. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg, asserted that the key precondition for the development of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Subsequently, the aim of Computer Breath isn't only to encourage cognizance of your breath while working - It's also meant to draw attention to what most "user-oriented" ubiquitous technologies ignore - our bodies and our health. Computer Breath emphasizes the organic link you are creating with your machine through its connection to the module, which is a fleshy, skin like umbilical cord.