After the workshop on e-textiles, I have become really interested in the maker’s movement and familiarising myself with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and so on. As currently, I am interested in the emerging digital and physical interfaces, I have become obsessed with the idea to create a virtual environment which will be somehow adjusted to and controlled by biometric data. Moreover, a few weeks ago I attended the VIRTUAL // NEEDS REALITY — meeting 01, and Jarrad Vladich, Producer at The Mill, was talking about their VR experience projects.

He was talking about one fo their projects called Strata. It is a step forward in immersive VR experiences and way to control them. Here is what The Mill states on their website:”The Mill has created and developed a biometric VR experience called STRATA. Spearheaded by The Mill’s executive creative director Rama Allen, STRATA generates data visualisation by human emotion, tuning into a person’s heart rate, breathing, stress levels and brain waves. The visuals within STRATA respond and react to a person’s physiological and neurological data while also helping to create awareness of the user’s autonomic nervous system”.

“The Mill has created and developed a biometric VR experience called STRATA. Spearheaded by The Mill’s executive creative director Rama Allen, STRATA generates data visualisation by human emotion, tuning into a person’s heart rate, breathing, stress levels and brain waves. The visuals within STRATA respond and react to a person’s physiological and neurological data while also helping to create awareness of the user’s autonomic nervous system”.

Then I was found that there will be a demo session at the V&A Museum as a part of Friday Late: Parallel Worlds. So I got there to try it and it was stunning. I was impressed and now I am certain that it is the future of VR and I definitely want to build something in this field.

Another artwork based on biometric data, just for inspiration: