Heart Pillow

Heart Pillow is a transhuman artifact that reproduces a person’s heartbeat remotely and in real time. As one user wears a heart rate sensor, another user can feel the pillow pulsate at the same rate from a distance.

This project was shown at FILE Sao Paulo, SXSW Interactive and NYC Media Lab.

The project allows the very pulse of life to be transferred into an everyday object — in this case, a pillow — making it serve both as an extension to the user’s body and as mimicry of life itself.

It also raises interesting questions on the meaning of “emotion” and “affection” and their scalability to the various modes of interaction that may arise from an augmented object.





Heart Pillow being shown in File Sao Paulo.



In collaboration with Maria Paula Saba.