martedì 10 febbraio 2009

BEE’S - 2007 Susana Soares Design

BEE’S explores how we might co-habit with natural biological systems and use their potential to increase our perceptive abilities. We have always co-existed with these systems, but their potential was unknown.
The overall project aims to create platforms to generate sustainable symbiotic links where the potential of those natural systems around us can be wisely used.
The project is based on ongoing research about insects’ phenomenal odour perception, in particular bees. They can be trained within minutes using Pavlov’s reflex to target a specific odour and their range of detection includes chemical threats, toxins and diagnosing diseases.
The first developments consist in a series of alternative diagnosis tools that use trained bees to perform a health check up and detect diseases in someone’s breath.
Those glass objects have a smaller chamber that serves as the diagnosis space and a bigger chamber where previously trained bees are kept.
People would exhale and the bees would rush into the smaller chamber if they detect something.
One of the aims is to develop collaborative relations between science and design translating the outcome into systems and objects that people can understand and use.

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