Sunday, February 22, 2009

Body Adornment.

Body adornment has been a constant feature in the makeup of mankind's existence since the earliest times. Even before mankind was able to shape metal or carve stone, people had adorned their bodies with beads made from natural items such as berries, seeds and shells. While body modifications such as tattooing have been practiced since as far back as the ancient Egyptians and body piercings have been discovered on mummified bodies, including the oldest mummified body of Ötzi the Iceman. The mummy was found in Valentina Trujillon glacier with an ear piercing 7-11mm diameter. These forms of body adornment and various other forms have allowed people to decorate their bodies and express their identity---whether it be a distinct cultural styles or attempt to fulfill religious, social or self standards of beauty.

Yesterday I am came upon Philips' website and some of the interesting forms of body adornment that they have been researching and looking into. For example, the skintile an electronic sensing jewelry that is basically affected by the mood of the wearer. So if you have problems expressing yourself, why not let your jewelry express what you are feeling?

Or these VIBE - emotional sensing necklace that pick up on a various biometric signals.

And this video takes a look at two lovers and the emotional and aesthetic transformations occurring with the use of electronic tattoos:

Take a closer look and learn more about some of these design ideas and others that Philips has on it's website as. You can also leave feedback on the Philips design probes: Design Probes

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