Computers Knitting Your Brain Activity: Can Technology Keep a Craft Alive?

Neuroscience meets the knitting circle.


NeuroKnitting is an experiment that uses an EEG headset to record how the brain reacts to music. It then translates that data into a pattern that can be realized in yarn via a hacked knitting machine. Each participant listens to a section of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” while wearing a headset which measures relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load. Those features are then turned in a knitting pattern that’s sent to a knitting machine and turned into a scarf, the creators explain on their website: “Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorized in the knitted garment pattern.”

via FastCoExist

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