Glovatron

Developed together with Myrssini Antoniou, Sotiris Katsimpas and Markos Vogiatzoglou.

Glovatron
Glovatron
Glovatron

Human contact and interaction evolves in multiple ways. People tent to employ all their senses, in different modes, in order to express their feelings and enhance their relations. Sharing ones heartbeat is often considered a way to offer relaxation and comfort moments: A mother hugs her baby over her chest to calm it down, couples hug and lay their heads over each others hearts. Heartbeat however can also imply anxiety, stress or fear if it bits on a high rate and is also a immediate way to detect life or death.

Glovatron is are a paired wearable glove device aiming to create remote intimacy between two distant individuals. Each glove detects and transmits the heartbeat of it’s owner and receives and reproduces the heartbeat of it’s paired one.

With this project we are interested to explore the possibilities to feel remote intimacy. Can the exchange of heartbeats enable couples of people to share an intimate moment without the physical contact and presence of each other? Can it serve as a bridge over distance?

Presented at Ars Electronica Festival 2010, Linz, Austria.

Big thanks to Mika Satomi.