by Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 6 July 2013

Brainwave activity as patterned knitwear? Who thinks of such a thing? Well, artist duo Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, that’s who. The two have worked in art and technology since 2009 and are now developing Knitic, a sort of open hardware that acts as the brains controling a knitting machine via Arduino.

For the NeuroKnitting project, a non-invasive EEG headset helped to record the affective states of users as they listened to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Data activity involving brain relaxation, excitement and cognitive load was then captured and converted into a knitting pattern. Like we said, who thinks of such a thing?