Maker Profile: Yulia Silina

The Distant Heart is a computational necklace, developed as a part of the research into rectifying the emotional void created when families, friends and loved ones move away from each other.

By tapping into the emerging infrastructure of the Internet of Things, the necklace wirelessly receives real-time heartbeat data from a paired device, and interprets it into the affective expressions, embedded into the necklace.

As a part of the demonstration, curious visitors would have the technology behind The Distant Heart explained to them, and would try basic embroidery and soft circuitry techniques, and if they wish make a little textile piece of jewellery with shining LED light.

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