MIT Media Lab graduate and artist Xin Liu created 'Masque' as a sculptural mask that wraps around a person's face and changes the way that they perceive their own breathing. While the mask makes no changes to a user's physiological state, wearing the contraption shows just how vulnerable the body can be to the influence of technology.
Masque boasts a temperature sensor just under the nostril are to detect respiration, as well as bone conduction headphones that plays back the sound of one's own breathing. As a result, the person who is wearing the Masque has the potential to see themselves as more stressed, simply based on the way that they experience their own breath. As Liu describes, "It’s a little like how you sometimes hear yourself talking on speaker phone."
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