Electric Veins?

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.

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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.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “Electric Veins?

  1. Very interesting. I think jewelry like this for cosmetic purposes crosses the line. This may be a great option for people who have physical limitations and need to constantly monitor specific processes within their bodies. As long as they need to do it, why can’t it look cool too?

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  2. Ouch! I am just wondering how does she use the electricity generated from her body? Does she need to take out the jewelry pieces to transfer the energy to somewhere and then wear them back on again? And i think the energy that was generated is too little to do anything big and yes i definitely think it should be tested as it can harm her health or others’.

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  3. I think that it is invasive and says a lot about the needs we place on technology and our devices. It would be scary to see people actually use these! I don’t know if that is something I could get used to.

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  4. I would not want to use these if I had to keep sticking them into my veins. The only way these would be universally successful would be if you only had to put them on once and could still get energy out of them while they are still attached.

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  5. This freaks me out however when I continued reading about the message the woman is trying to send about what we will give up for power I understood where she was coming from. It is an interesting way to communicate how dependent we have come on electronics.

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