As we wanted to provide a 360° range for distance sensors and microphones, we designed the device to be worn around the neck, as the neck is one of the few parts of the body where the sensors are unlikely to be obstructed and at the same time its sensitive skin can be stimulated by vibration, and the distance between the speakers and the ears remains reasonable. Therefore we were able to place all of the components – input, output and processing – in one compact enclosure. The outcome was a kind of skin garment with an embedded hardware that adapts to the varying size of its users and works as an interface for data reception, data transmission and production of new data. It stands for the embodiment of software and hardware, representing an allegory to the self-contained approach of the Data Logger.
As for the choice of materials we were looking for something that would provide flexibility and comfort, but would still be strong enough to protect the electronic components inside. After considering a design made of sewn textile, we went for molded silicone which allowed us to cast a part that incorporates all the necessary features into one single piece. For reasons of manufacturing constraints and accessibility of the components, we decided on a construction made of three layers of silicone: a base layer, that would eventually rest on the wearer’s shoulders, a middle layer to keep the electronics in place, and a top layer that would cover them and would extend where more room for certain bulkier parts was necessary.