Friday, March 12, 2004

These boots...

Via socialfiction comes SEVEN MILE BOOTS:

The project SEVEN MILE BOOTS is a pair of interactive shoes with audio. One can wear the boots, walk around as a flaneur simultaneously in the physical world and in the literal world of the internet. By walking in the physical world one may suddenly encounter a group of people chatting in real time in the virtual world. The chats are heard as a spoken text coming from the boots. Wherever you are with the boots, the physical and the virtual worlds will merge together.

(Katherine points out that one of the creators behind this project is Laura Beloff, who also created HAME, an "interactive installation with sounds and stereographic video-projection on sculptural objects" - about desire, hysteria, frustration and boredom.)

A different take on wearables comes from the BLEEX project - which serves up bionic legs for soldiers.

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