Naomi Kizhner Designs Jewelry That Generates Electricity... From Your Veins
It's safe to say that wearable tech has its fair share of haters. From design to practicality, the criticisms of creations like Google Glass range far and wide, but generally speaking, most of us can still appreciate the futuristic, innovative features that wearable tech has presented to the world. But what happens when the cool factor of wearable tech becomes...well, a little creepy? Israeli graduate student Naomi Kizhner has created a line of jewelry that connects to your veins to harnesses your body's energy. Yes, the jewelry is literally embedded in your veins. Makes Google Glass seem pretty low-key, right?
The mechanism works by connecting with your veins and enabling your body's movements and blood flow to turn a small wheel inside the jewelry, which then creates energy. Simple enough. Sort of.
While some of us cringe at the idea of taking wearable tech to such an invasive and potentially painful level, Kizhner said she created the line of jewelry (part of a project called "Energy Addicts") as a form of commentary on our tech and energy-obsessed generation.
“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,” Kizhner told Cosmopolitan.
While I like to keep my iPhone charged as much as the next Millennial, something tells me that poking my veins for some energy is not a length I am willing to go to. But in a society as obsessed with being consistently plugged in as ours is, Kizhner's project is perhaps more relevant than we would initially like to admit.
Yes, it's a little unsettling to see Kizhner's jewelry in action (is anyone else having Hunger Games flashes here?), but the idea behind her creations is something that all of us could reflect on and benefit from.
Kizhner even created a video to help explain and promote her project.
So...are you into it? If it meant never having to worry about a dead phone, would you hook this stuff up to your skin?