This robotic wearable piece is an attempt to develop some understanding of the nature of our prosthetic existence, to the point where the body can extend and shape the near environment around us, and vice versa, so that we become part of our environment and our environment becomes part of us. ‘We are all Cyborgs’ not necessarily because of prosthetic devices, which improve our disabilities, but also because of other social and cultural devices that enhance the way we live in. Having an ‘exoskeleton’ attached to our body would be inevitable in the near future. This may be for pragmatic reasons such as strengthening our muscles and bodily movements but what if the exoskeleton were to change our social behavior? In terms of the technology, the piece consists of a dynamic tensegrity structure actuated by a series of muscle wires (Shape Memory Alloy Springs).
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