Muscle controlled social prosthetic.
Monarch is actuated by tensing a muscle sensed by an EMG sensor.MONARCH is a collaboration between the Social Body Lab at OCAD University and Intel Research. This project explores ways in which technologies can feel like an extension of self. Through the development of a series of three prototypes we have explored how technology can extend our ability to sense our surroundings and express our emotions in a visceral way.
Controlled through the body’s movement Monarch aims to allow users to extend their movements and expand the body’s ability to express. Monarch is a set of body mounted, muscle controlled expandable textiles. With a small tense of their muscle users gain the ability to set off an extravagant, often humorous, display of colourful, sculptured textiles on either shoulder.
For more information please visit the Social Body Lab research site.