Extimacy Expressive Wearable Technology - Kristin Neidlinger

NISTH Think Out: Debate Series

May 20 2022 • 45 mins

What if your virtual self was authentically you? Extimacy is a concept defined as externalized intimacy — showing how one feels on the inside to the external world.  Extimacy is  expressive wearable technology whereas biosensors monitor physiological states and translate feelings into visual, auditory, and or tactile displays. Embedded in fashion, this bioresponsive interface “gives the body a voice” as it offers tangible biofeedback to inspire interaction.  The fundamental emotive language is socially dynamic to enhance interpersonal relationships, mediate empathy and ultimately embody greater self awareness. In the MetaVerse, extimacy mediates mood to offer heightened intimacy and personalization for avatars. Infusing self expression in the virtual world has potential to create more cohesive and embodied experiences.

About the Speaker
Kristin Neidlinger – Biomedia designer. Founder of SENSOREE – designs bioresponsive fashion to promote extimacy, externalized intimacy. With a background in dance, theatre, and in physical therapies as a Dance Medicine Specialist, she endeavors to craft phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. SENSOREE Therapeutic Biomedia stemmed from her masters thesis, a future speculation of healthcare to augment Sensory Processing Disorder, a condition which ranges from ADHD to Autism. She is currently conducting research as a PhD candidate in HMI, eHealth, and robotics at UTwente, NL. She is honored to have presented works at technology and healthcare conferences, in fashion shows, museums, and future visionary platforms including Keynote Maker at Tribeca Film Festival as well as TEDMED.