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Turn Your Brainwaves Into Knitted Patterns With This Cool Invention

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What happens when you cross knitting with neurosciences?

Artist-duo Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva, together with MTG researcher Sebastian Mealla, managed to somehow combine this unlikely pairing in their latest project NeuroKnitting.

NeuroKnitting plots brainwave activity into a knitted pattern, meaning you can create a nice scarf just by thinking. It works by measuring and scanning three main features: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load.

Using an EEG headset, the wearer is asked to sit and listen to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” The resulting brain activity is then transferred into a knitting pattern with every stitch corresponding to a unique brain state.

The reason the group chose music is because of its ability to invoke strong emotions in the listener and stir the brain into activity.

The knitted garments are developed through an open-source knitting machined called Knitic that Canet and Guljajeva began as a residency project at Marginalia Lab in Brazil.

The machine creates the personalized scarves by turning the three scans into a pattern featuring two colors.

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