Tillotson, Jenny (2006) Scentsor[ring]. In: Blue Skies And Singing Rings:Digital Technologies and Jewellery of the Future: Arts and Humanities Research Methods Network: Expert Seminar, 26th October 2006, The Dana Centre. (Unpublished)
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item|
This paper explores the roles of Scentsor[ring]: digital jewellery embedded with wireless sensor networks and microfluidic devices for therapeutic, diagnostic and wellbeing applications. The development of this collection is inspired by the chemical language and interaction of organisms to dispense fragrance, triggered by sensors that react to an individual's body state (e.g. heart rate, temperature) and the environment (e.g. sound). Further sensors such as the ‘electronic nose’ will be introduced and unorthodox and innovative designs in jewellery will be examined.
There is increasing interest in the effect of the environment on wellbeing and symptoms of mental illness, but until now the focus of recent intervention in this area has been in the more distant or the interpersonal environment. This paper investigates intervention in the immediate personal air-space around the individual. Combined with other forms of support for improved mental health, many patients could welcome the prospect of jewellery that offers enhanced control of their emotional state, whether by conscious control or biofeedback. Several psychiatric disorders and symptoms will be investigated for an application of such Scentsor[ring] technologies i.e. the use of scents to enhance mood and improve psychological wellbeing.
This scooping will be undertaken in collaboration with experts in the area of mental health and wellbeing. The paper will conclude by proposing jewellery that mimics the sense of smell via electronic nose sensors in order to detect spoiled food, monitor pollutant chemicals in the air, or set the basis for revolutionary work in the diagnostic area such as pinpointing ovulation and diseases. By emulating a dog’s sense of smell the jewellery could sniff out explosives and narcotics, or detect the early stages of cancer. Further examples include jewellery that is pre-programmed to detect a potential partner’s pheromone profile and then send a sample of the users pheromones, or a mosquito repelling device, or an olfactive watch, or jewellery that offers wider-waves of feeling in (re)active environments.
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||digital jewellery, scent, wellbeing, insect defence mechanisms, olfactory sensing, sensor networks|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins|
|Event Location:||The Dana Centre|
|Date Deposited:||26 Jun 2012 10:15|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 21:11|
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