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article imageArtist turns your brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 4, 2014 in Technology
A New York artist has made an astronomical technological breakthrough. Ion Pompian, located in a gallery six floors above Broadway has developed a tool that turns people’s brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures.
The project is called Mental Fabrications and has astounded both artists and engineers. Pompian is using an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset to turn brain activity into art. EEG monitors track electrical activity along the scalp by attaching electrodes to your head. They were invented in 1924 by a German psychiatrist, Hans Berger. Today they are used to detect epilepsy and monitor coma patients.
The Neurosky headset costs about $80. Patients watch videos or listen to music while having their brains scanned for activity. The computer then takes the signals and scans them through the digital programming language, MaxMSP, and the information is translated into a sculpture.
Unfortunately, 3D printing is still primitive and therefore will not be useful to the general public. But both scientists and artists have both displayed attitudes of sanguinity towards this new development.
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