A recent article from The Higher Learning detailed jewelry designed by an Israeli grad student. The catch: Naomi Kizhner’s jewelry is made to harness the energy from a person’s own bodily processes to generate electrical power. The results are beautifully creepy contraptions that take advantage of everyday motions such as blinking, and go so far as to use blood flow to generate energy.
Apparently, the public’s initial shock to her series of contraptions was exactly what she had been looking for. Naomi created these pieces of jewelry to start a dialogue about the importance we place on electrical devices in our daily lives. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, she said, “I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.”
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Naomi said she wanted “to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource,” focusing on the fact that the human body could be considered an energy source that renews itself as long as we are alive.
These pieces of jewelry have not actually been implanted into anyone’s body yet, but the series, called “Energy Addicts,” has successfully grabbed attention and sparked conversation about our reliance on electrical energy and the lengths we might go to in order to have it.
Do you think these pieces of jewelry should continue to be developed and possibly tested? Or do you think that a mechanism harnessing human functions for electricity is crossing a line?
All photos and information from:
G, M. (2014, October 16). This Student Designs Jewelry That Turns Your Veins Into A Power Source (Video). Retrieved October 20, 2014.