Multisensory Experiences

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Pushing beyond our everyday notions of technology, more and more designers and researchers are working to design multisensory experiences that allow the user to not just see, but feel. One such example is ‘sensory fiction,’ a new wearable device and book cover MIT researchers have developed to customize the reading experience to the individual. The innovative apparatus has the ability to change the user’s heart rate causing temperature changes and other physical sensations. The book’s cover is outfitted with 150 programmable LEDs that create ambient light based on the plot’s mood and setting. In another wearable experiment, Sensoree created a sweater that projects your mood as a light show. Without a word from the wearer, the sweater can communicate a range of emotions – from tranquility (green) to excitement (purple).

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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