Christopher Woebken
2006/8

Sensillae
Insects are easy to train, very robust, have almost robotic strength and can be bred at very low cost on the scale of mass-production.

This project consists of a set of tools that provide a framework to create a language for different insect/human interactions. The products redirect the insect's purpose into something human and provide valuable services, creating a conversation and a more intimate relationship between the bug and you.

Insects used as biological sensing components are on a scale in between animals (like dogs) and genetically engineered bacteria. The advantage of involving an insect as a living sensor is you can create a relationship with it, by watching its behavior and seeing it's alive rather than just reading data output or detecting color change. The insect as sensor can become an entity of trust - rather than something you might shy away from or even be repulsed by.



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