Eidos Vision and Eidos Audio are headsets designed by a team of four Innovation Design Engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London that enhances the way the user sees motion and lets them hear speech more selectively.

“We were concerned with how to improve or even radically change everyday human experience, and we were fascinated by technology and today’s products that give us ever-greater control over the world around us,” explains the team – made up of Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara.

“By combining these two interests we arrived at our guiding research question: how can we use technology to add value to the human body and extend human experience?”

The project began with many rounds of idea generation and 3D brainstorming. They then conducted a number of experiments and tests, the findings of which were gathered together to not only consolidate their learning but also used to communicate both within the group and with others.

“As we narrowed our overall focus from combining technology with the human body, to augmenting sensory experience, to selectively enhancing our sight and hearing, we iterated our technology through numerous rigs and prototypes. We conducted qualitative testing with user groups to gain a rich understanding of the effect of our technologies at a human level,” they explain.

The Eidos Vision is a mask that fits over the user’s eyes to enhance the way in which they see motion, achieving a similar effect to long exposure photography. By detecting and overlaying movement, it allows them to see traces and patterns hidden to the naked eye.

Eidos Audio is a mask that fits over the user’s mouth and ears allowing them to hear speech more selectively. It neutralises distracting background noise and then amplifies the speech they choose. It does this by using the principle of bone conduction that creates the unique experience of hearing someone speak right inside your head.

According to its designers, Eidos has broad application in areas where live audio and video analysis is valuable. For example, in healthcare Eidos Audio can help sufferers of ADHD who commonly find it difficult to concentrate in noisy environments by allowing them to focus on the speech they really need to, and in the arts Eidos Vision can be used to enhance the spectator’s impressions of ballet, theatre or fashion shows

“By allowing us to highlight previously invisible or inaudible details, Eidos can open up valuable and customisable new experiences,” say the Eidos team.

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