'Neuroflowers' Sculpture Allows You to Make Robotic Flowers Blossom with Your Mind

Friday, 10 April 2015 - 4:03PM
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Friday, 10 April 2015 - 4:03PM
'Neuroflowers' Sculpture Allows You to Make Robotic Flowers Blossom with Your Mind
San Francisco-based artist Ashley Newton has just unveiled a new public sculpture that "helps externalize internal brain states" by allowing you to control robotic flowers with your mind. As seen in the below video, the user can make the flowers "blossom" and change color depending on whether his or her mind is relaxed or focused.



According to Newton, Neuroflowers is an "interactive science art installation that allows people to visualize their mental states." Users wear an EEG-equipped headset that monitors their brain activity, allowing them to control the seemingly bioluminescent garden of robots.

'Neuroflowers' Sculpture Allows You to Make Robotic Flowers Blossom with Your Mind

[Credit: Autodesk]



The installation will be on display in downtown San Francisco until April 11 as part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a festival that calls for prototypes of creative installations that will "improve" Market Street. A selection of the designs on display during the festival will be chosen to move from prototype to reality, as part of San Francisco's Better Market Street initiative.

Newton, who studied cognitive science at Smith College, seeks with her art "to create magical experiences that cause people to feel surprise, wonder, curiosity -- and to question their conceptions of what is possible." In regards to Neuroflowers specifically, she calls the project a "tangible example of creating your own reality," as the installation allows the user to quite literally impose their will on the world around them.

'Neuroflowers' Sculpture Allows You to Make Robotic Flowers Blossom with Your Mind

[Credit: Autodesk]



As a result, Newton believes that this project can have a positive psychological effect on the user: "I do think that the more you're able to be aware of your mind and control it appropriately, the more effective you'll be at doing whatever you want and the better you'll feel."

'Neuroflowers' Sculpture Allows You to Make Robotic Flowers Blossom with Your Mind

[Credit: Autodesk]


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