What if I told you that 2+2=Red!?!? What!?! I know this sounds crazy but for people with synesthesia this might be their reality. Synesthesia is defined as "the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body." This is a complicated way of saying that people with synesthesia have blended senses. The most common type of synesthesia is called grapheme, in which numbers and letters are intuitively linked with color. So 2+2=4 but a red 4. There are a myriad of other types of synesthesia which you can read about here, but in this Instructable we are going to be designing a mask that links our sense of color with our sense of smell. Get ready to experience the world in a totally new way!

List of Necessary Materials

[1] Intel Edison

[1] Intel Edison Arduino Breakout Board

[12"x12"] 1/8" Plywood

[6"x6"] 1/8" Clear Acrylic

[40] 6mm M2.5 Button Head Machine Screws

[4] 10mm M2.5 Button Head Machine Screws

[12] M2.5 Lock Nuts

[3] Mini Servos

[2] 100mA Fans

[2ft] 3/4" Tubing

Full Face Mask

[2ft] Thick Elastic Band

[2] NPN 2N2222 Transistors

[2] 1N4001 Diodes

[2] 1KOhm Resistor

10,000mAh External battery

Male Pin Headers

Female Pin Headers

Ribbon Cable

Optional Materials

[5"x4"]Single Sided PCB

Step 1: How Does This Work???

You can think of the Synesthesia Mask as a smell pixel. Analogous to the way that pixels combine varying amounts of red, green, and blue to make different colors, the mask dispenses proportional amounts of a "red", "green", and "blue" scent to match the color you are touching. In practice a fan from one end of the scent manifold blows air over the test tubes containing our "red", "green", and "blue" smells. Each servo angles its test tube cover directing air down into the test tube where it picks up the scent of the essential oil inside. The "red", "green", and "blue" smells mix together and are then blown by the fan on the other end of the manifold into your mask. The amount of each scent that gets blown into the mask is mapped to the red, green, and blue color value being read by the color sensor on your hand.

<p>IGS and DXF files? im ready to build this once I can get a hold of these files. Help</p>
<p>it cost how much?</p>
<p>Great<br>project! Synesthesia is quite fascinating. It is also linked to improved memory and enhanced cognitive and<br>creative function. And Pseudo-synesthesia is maybe also<br>possible - there is a study done by a group of psychologists at the University<br>of Amsterdam that demonstrated the possibility of training grapheme-color<br>synesthesia (when numbers and letters trigger a color experience).<br>I am interested in the way in which individuals<br>envision numbers for arithmetic processing, so I started by using basic<br>arithmetic to determine a relationship between colours and numbers, and assigned each of the numbers 1-24<br>a colour. It was exciting for me to see some of these colourful pictures:<br>http://www.glennwestmore.com.au/category/colourmetics/.</p>
<p>Someday your grandchild is going to be fawning over your twisted, burned mask, saying &quot;show me, grandfather, the power of the darkness... and I will finish what you started.&quot;</p>
<p>Utilizas alg&uacute;n tipo de Arduino ? Saludos Peru</p>
<p>Hey I am worried for this guy can we get him some info he seems deserate</p>
<p>Hey I need an answer of some sort plz my presentation is this week!!!:(</p><p>#help me</p>
<p>Hey can you tell me more about your self because I am trying to do research you for a school paper and haven't found anything on you and this mask other than this page so if you could give me some info for your inspiration and such that would be appreciated</p>
<p>hi there! is there any way to gauge how much of each scent is used when the sensor hits? looking to build this in the next couple of weeks!</p>
<p>To friends advice use Synsthesia Mask.</p><p> Machhindra Mali Aurangabad.</p>
<p>a wonderfully described case of synesthesia is described in the novel &quot;The Stars My Destination&quot; by Alfred Bester.</p>
<p>One of the main characters of my novel, &quot;El color del Perd&oacute;n&quot; (By Mar&iacute;a Sur&eacute;) also has a peculiar kind of synesthesia. Hence the title of the novel.</p>
<p>.IGS file attachment is missing. Please can you upload it for reference.</p>
<p>please i need to know what scent your using in test tubes please reply as soon as possible thank you</p>
Lavender for blue, grapefruit for red, and pine for green
<p>please i need to know what scent your using in test tubes please reply as soon as possible thank you</p>
<p>Just brilliant.......</p>
<p>Really cool!</p>
<p>This in incredible</p>
<p>Hi Zachary.</p><p>We would like to feature your version of the synesthesia mask in the &quot;Science Update&quot; section of our magazine &quot;Illustreret Videnskab/Science Illustrated&quot;.</p><p>Illustreret Videnskab is published in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland,</p><p>Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Thailand</p><p>and Australia at a total circulation of 500,000 copies.</p><p>Could you please contact me:</p><p>Allan.Baggesoe@illvid.dk</p><p>Best regards from Copenhagen,</p><p>Allan Bagges&oslash;</p><p>Picture Editor, Illustreret Videnskab</p><p>Allan.Baggesoe@illvid.dk</p>
<p>whats the point in having comments if they are not replied to??</p>
<p>Hi colinrobot, </p><p>Sorry to keep you waiting for a reply but the beauty of this project is no one particular mask is needed. Good luck!</p>
<p>Ok Zak sorry for my impatience I just really liked the design and would like to use it for another project . Can't seem to find one that looks like that . Once again sorry :)</p>
<p>To people with Synesthesia, do you relate to either the INTJ or INFJ?</p><p><a href="https://www.personalitypage.com/INTJ.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.personalitypage.com/INTJ.html</a></p><p>https://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html</p>
<p>Nope, am ENTP here! Though when I am in love it skews over to ENFP. So maybe ENXP is best, for me. </p>
<p>I'm an ENTP as well (if you are one)</p>
<p>Well, I happen to be in love today, so am ENFP as I type. ;) But the T in me is strong. I get all super rational when I am not thinking about poetry and lust.</p>
<p>I'm an ENTP and my sister is an ENFJ. We both have synesthesia.</p>
<p>Oh cool!</p>
<p>No way!! This turned out awesome! love the colors and forms</p>
<p>Thanks dude!</p>
<p>This is incredible! I discovered that I have synesthesia fairly recently. I attribute color to letters, numbers, months, days of the week, and even names. Great instructable!</p>
<p>Can you also post the nc file for the PCB as well as your settings for the cnc? Thanks!</p>
<p>I use the standard OtherMill setting for a 1/32&quot; Endmill on FR-1 PCB board material. I dont have the nc file because OtherPlan takes .brd files already.</p>
<p>Well done! (Full spectrum synesthete artist from Canada here.)</p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
I hate to sound so insensitive to all the synesthetes here, I know 2 synesthetes, but all I really want to know is where did you get that particular style of helmet (besides Star Force equipment supply )?<br>
<p>I found it on Amazon Prime</p>
I'm currently reading a My Little Pony fan-fic in which Vinyl Scratch has a strong case of synesthesia.
<p>Like most others in here, I experience colors, personalities, and even genders associated with numbers, sounds, music, days of the week/calendar, etc. I think a lot of it is mapped out according to experience which is why everyone is a bit different. I feel it's just another way my mind is categorizing and using my neural network. There are many types of synesthesia. It's not really a disorder, and I believe more people have a degree of this than most think. It's not a big deal and if you have it to a greater degree, you're not special. We associate emotion to music and color schemes all the time. Is this innate or is it learned? We don't know, but it's believed that a child can be raised to believe what most consider to be sad music as happy music (as well as the reversal of many other common perceptions). Many associations built by experience and conditioning. The mask is arbitrary, but could make permanent associations if worn for long enough. Very cool build!</p>
<p>Looks like a mask from outbreak but cool!</p>
<p>I made a similar project but mine involved magnets in my finger to feel color. </p><p>www.s-cordova.com/tactus</p>
<p>This turned out looking so cool! I love all the stories of synesthesia that this has brought up! It's such an interesting topic. </p>
<p>what a ridiculous bunch of nonsense</p>
<p>And that is why you are an illiterate piece of nonsense. Try and open <br>your mind and read about the issue, then you may, just might, understand.</p>
<p>Hi, could you tell me the make/model no. of the Mask you used please ? Thank you !</p>
<p>I have synesthesia! The days of the week, the alphabet, numbers, months, and most other abstract things have specific colors. One is grey. Two is pink. Three is purple. 7 is green. I could go on...</p>
<p>So an odd queston, what does say 21 have for a color, does value matter or is it a pink 2 and a grey 1? Or is it a blending of the two colors? or shades of purple because its divisible by 3. Serious question, not poking fun.</p>

About This Instructable




More by zacharyianhoward:Bookshelf Hacking Arduino Busy-o-Meter Arduino Light Theremin 
Add instructable to: