My name is Eric Siu, a media artist from Hong Kong and the creator of Touchy
, which is a collaborative project with Tomohiko Hayakawa and Carson Reynolds. Touchy
is a social interaction experiment that focuses on the relationship of giving and receiving by literally transforming a human into a camera. The person wearing Touchy
is blind until you touch their skin, then the eyepiece opens and they can take photos for you. This human camera, with its unique properties, aims at healing social anxiety by creating joyful interactions.
For this project I transposed the functions of a digital camera to a wearable helmet comprising of a pair of automated shutters, a functioning camera and an interactive screen. The shutters are used to blind the wearer of Touchy
, only your touch will activate their opening and allow Touchy
to see. When a human contact is maintained for 10 seconds, the front facing camera captures an image, which is displayed on the back facing screen for the user to access.
lives in an isolating cage built by the experience of total darkness, as if they are encountering the same sensuous withdrawal as some social disorder patients. An effortless touch by someone else is an action of giving vision and taking photos, which heals the anxiety and generates a playful interaction that invites people to have fun and reinterpret the way we think about and use cameras.
Some obstacles are solvable by accessible technology and moderate electronics knowledge, others require more expensive solutions or intensive technical research (such as the sensor), which is still a work in progress with the sensor research team. Moreover, in this instructable, I will also include comments from Tosa Novmichi@Maywa Denki
, my project adviser, who has been valuable in Touchy
This Instructable is divided to following parts:
3D modeling (Solidworks)
Mechanical and Electronics design
The Touchswitch Sensor Research and Experiment.
For further reading into Touchy
please check out touchtouchy.com