Extending our sense and self through designing novel technologies

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Computing


This research will take the philosophical notion of the extended mind as inspiration to investigate how we can extend our senses through designing novel technologies. We question how we can enable people to sense aspects of the environment they currently can't by designing tools and devices that can extend our sense and self. In particular, we are interested in how new tactile technologies can be designed to extend our ability to see and hear / in motion and in music. To test out our theory, we will conduct two studies, where we will design tactile systems to extend drivers' perception of the space around their vehicle and to facilitate improvising musicians' understanding of harmony and chord progressions. Our approach represents a novel application of philosophical theory to technological innovation, where conceptual philosophical analysis will feed into empirical design and empirical studies will feed back into philosophical analyses.


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Todd A. Crane (Author) Sensory Augmentation.

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Van Der Linden J (2011) MusicJacket-Combining Motion Capture and Vibrotactile Feedback to Teach Violin Bowing in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

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Wheeler M (2008) Culture, embodiment and genes: unravelling the triple helix. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Yvonne Rogers (Author) (2011) (series: Advances in Consciousness Research)

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Yvonne Rogers (Author) (Provisional title) Feel the beat

Title Skin Vision 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Title Skin Vision 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Title Skin Vision 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Title Sue Hawksley: Danced process number 1 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Title The Question 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Title Tummy Vision 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Title hipDrawing 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Description Technology interventions especially the use of tangible devices and ambient displays are effective at augmenting cognition and changing behaviour.
Exploitation Route To explore further how new technology can be used to investigate the extended mind.
Sectors Creative Economy,Retail

Description The research inspired further collaborations with a blind theatre company called Extant where we helped to design and evaluate a technology that was used as part of their productions, including The Question.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description To work on a grant proposal to be submitted to the German Research Council on a posture guidance system to help alleviate depression With Hedda Lausberg, Köln, Germany. 
Organisation German Research Foundation
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Information taken from Final Report