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     Aposema is a speculation of a near future scenario in which our ability to empathise with our fellow humans is impaired. We are no longer able to process

each other’s facial expressions. This reality has forced us to develop an artificial mechanism to read each other’s emotions and act accordingly. In this world, we mask ourselves with responsive facial prostheses that analyse facial expressions and provide supporting information.

    The Aposema mask would be able to read subtle facial expressions performed by the user and analyse them.

    The masking process is comprised of two levels; a pattern in the soft robotic interface, performing as an encrypted layer of information exhibiting the analysis, and a layer of augmented reality through which these patterns are decrypted. These two layers joined together communicate emotional information aimed at guiding interaction between these impaired human beings.

Sirou Peng, Silvia Rueda, Adi Meyer

IALab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

Feb. 2017 - Sep. 2017

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