If you happen to be genetically predisposed with the talent of raising each brow at will, then Robert Carlsen’s Brauswitch may be just what you need to control all your electronics. I simply love this project — partly because it’s playful and absurd and partly because it uses facial expressions as a control device.
Carlsen made a digital switch out of a headband using burlap and conductive fabric. A slit between the the upper and lower portions separate the two conductive strips. When an eyebrow is raised, closing the gap and making a connection, a sound is triggered. Why is this Important? The Brauswitch is a novel exploration of using the body (and face) as possible gestural controls. I’m not so clear as to what a practical application can be here (the obvious is ipod controls) but I think it certainly has some playful potential in the entertainment, art and gaming arena.