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Craft-Machine Symbiosis Answered

Guy Debord believed that all new forms of media served to further alieniate individuals from one another. McLuhan was of the opinion that all new forms of media take as its medium existing forms of media.

So... knowing both of those "facts," I am still left kind of perpexled and speechless by this knit laptop interface that its inventors refer to as a BTI (Body-Technology Interface). Could this be the future of personal computing? And what does that say about humanity? Discuss amongst yourselves.

(however... I think we can all agree that Becky Stern is a strange duck)

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downgrade (author)2008-08-28

I think you all miss the point, and that point is "Jawesome!"

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Firebert010 (author)2008-04-19

I wouldn't be so concerned. BTI technology is not really very publicly acceptable enough to gain popularity. The paradox here is that as computers bring more and more people together around the world, they isolate us from other people around us. I cite the above picture as an example. Even though the person in the sock isn't speaking to anyone around her, she may be in a web confrence with companies from Tokyo and Argentina. As computers seperate us from our peers, they bring worldwide connections together.

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Labot2001 (author)2008-04-16

It makes a great conversation piece, that's for sure.

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How are you going to initiate conversation if you're head is in a sock?

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-19

What I think is ironic, is that the person you're talking to online may be right next to you, with their head in a sock, too, and you'd never know it!

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Brennn10 (author)2008-04-19

This will certainly make anyone around you really curious as to what you are doing on the laptop.

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lynxboy (author)2008-04-19

Umm. Can you imagine going to work like this? Insulating, but I don't know what it'll do for you eyes and posture :S.

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jaysbob (author)2008-04-18

looks like some creature out of silent hill or the like. I've heard of people doing this sort of thing at LAN parties and the like with towels in order to prevent glare or something. I've got an idea for not being able to see, just put a webcam hole, that way you can watch whats going on around you without ruining the dark environment. You'll also be making some sort of counter-culture avant garde statement about human machine interaction.

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fin saunders (author)2008-04-17

You have to be confident of your environment to use this lapflocktop thing. The wearer is trading safety for privacy. Especially if using earphones. Sensory deprevation come to mind. Or maybe external sensory deprevation. It's physical form of 'getting sucked into your work'. And much more elegant than the more common cardboard box version. I do like it. It's plastic-y, fluid. Fun in a leave me alone kind of way. Cheers, Fin

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wussap (author)2008-04-17

at first i thought this is someones face being melted and attached to something, but no, its a giant sock for your head thats connected to a labtop :D

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NachoMahma (author)2008-04-16

. On first glance, I thought it was pretty goofy. But after thinking about it for a while ... it's still pretty goofy. I wouldn't want to be so isolated from my environment in a place where I'd need the privacy. . Does make good Art - I like the pic. ;)

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2008-04-17

How about adding balaclava-style eyeholes? You could keep looking up to survey your surroundings, then look back down into your (ahem)work.

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fungus amungus (author)2008-04-17

I saw a dance by an SF troupe (Kunst-Stoff, I think) that had something just like this. It was the desktop version, but the dance was all about being absorbed into the machine.

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Oh, right, and this was about six years ago.

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jessyratfink (author)2008-04-16

I saw this on Craftzine yesterday, and the first thing I thought of was Cremaster. The keyboard one isn't so weird, but the laptop one is sort of terrifying. :P

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randofo (author)jessyratfink2008-04-16

It kind of reminded me in a way of Videodrome. It looks like the computer is some sort of alien creature sucking her in.

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