Anouk Wipprecht: Agent Unicorn

Credit: Marije Dijkema

Art and DIY Science

How can design and new technology be used to improve mental health therapy? Anouk Wipprecht’s 3D-printed headsets, which take the form of unicorn horns, are designed for children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Electrodes within the headsets measure activity in the brain, triggering a built-in camera that starts filming when the wearer’s attention level spikes. This creates a visual record that children can watch to gain a better understanding of what interests and distracts them.

Credits: Developed with Ars Electronica Futurelab (Claudia Schnugg, Roland Aigner, Michael Platz, Erwin Reitböck and Christopher Lindinger) and special thanks to Christoph Hintermüller (G.Tec), Christoph Guger (G.Tec), Dimitri Diakopoulos (Intel), Dominik Laister (clinical psychologist, Barmherzige Brüder Linz), Igor Knezevic (Alienology), Aduén Darriba (Studio Aduén), Shapeways and FlyWire.