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Born January 9th 1989 in Istanbul, Turkey, after having majored in international relations as an undergraduate at Koc University, She is now so pleased to concentrate on Design and Technology in a graduate level. Her interest in design dates back to her years in high school, where she excelled in drawing, theatre and photography. She was in no time given the opportunity to show her work in a Contemporary Art Exhibition in Istanbul and sell it in an online fine art gallery. She likes taking pictures of daily life from different perspectives, ones that most people don't spend the time to take into consideration while going through a standard day. She likes to combine her photography skills with design as a mechanism for creating websites. She is currently a candidate for an Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology at Parsons, The New School, New York.

FINAL: Feather Skirt- Betty Quinn/ Birce Ozkan/ Jagrat Desai


First iteration that I came up with  for major studio:

The feather skirt is a smart and fashionable piece, which features the technology of a navigational instrument.

This augmented skirt gives the user an additional layer of sensing that allows her to find the direction by imitating nature. The garment appropriates the migration method of birds; these are known as being excellent navigators; they have built-in biological compasses to tell them which way to fly based on detecting variations in the earth’s magnetic field.

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The skirt has embedded electronics that include a microcontroller, servo motors and an electronic compass that measures earth’s magnetic field; this last component is adjusted to detect north. If the wearer walks towards the correct cardinal direction, an array of feathers connected to the 2-servo motors rise, else the feathers go down and stop moving.  The piece serves as a metaphor, which highlights a method of appropriation where the human nature is enhanced through the process of bio-mimicry.

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For the digital self, Betty,Jagrat and I decided to control the movement of feathers with using Nuerosky Mindwave. The speed and height of the top layer of feathers are determined by the attention level. Continue reading FINAL: Feather Skirt- Betty Quinn/ Birce Ozkan/ Jagrat Desai

Digital Taste- Midterm Presentation – Birce/Enrica/Fito


Midterm Presentation of “Digital Taste”

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From beginning to end, we were so enthusiastic to give a try to create digital Taste.  We ended up building our first prototype with a satisfactory result. We could have different tastes changing the voltage amount (0-5V) on the user’s tongue through silver electrodes and a heating pad.

During the all process, we had different feedbacks from the users that experienced the first prototype of “Digital Taste”.  Some of them tasted just sour. Some of them tasted sour and spicy. Also, some users experienced just spicy. Not only, we  achieved to create digital taste. But also, we understood that taste is not objective; it is subjective.

At the end we generated a synthetic salty-sour-spicy  taste.


Digital Taste – Building the prototype – Birce/Enrica/Fito

After the heating pad testing, we decided to start building the prototype as looking as similar in the research paper  of “Digital Taste Synthesizer”, but in a much more smaller and accurate size.


“Digital Taste Synthesizer” from the research paper

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image above: “assembling the prototype”

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image above: “assembling the prototype”


As you could see from the photos we designed it as a box and laser cut it.

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image above: “laser cut box”


Because we decided to coorporate an lcd display and 2 potentiometers. We decided to use an Arduino Mini Pro instead of Attiny because this one didn’t have the right amount of digital and analog pins.

We need 3 analog pins:

– 2 analog pins for potentiometer

-1 analog pin for thermistor(temperature sensor)


For Lcd display:

-5 digital pins

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image above:” LCD display” 


To program the Arduino Mini Pro we use (Usb to  FTDI Conventer):

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image above: “Usb to  FTDI Conventer” 


2 more digital pins:

-1 for heating pad

-1 for electrode

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image above: “heating pad”


because we need very precise voltage, we decided to use copper wire instead of normal wire which is better conductor and generates less resistance.

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above image: “copper wire ”


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above image: “connecting the  thermistor”


we started to print accurate  scale of the voltage and temperature on the LCD display:

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image above: “progress on the LCD display”


The code for printing the accurate scale of temperature and voltage:

#include <math.h>

#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>

#include <Adafruit_PCD8544.h>
// pin 7 – Serial clock out (SCLK)
// pin 6 – Serial data out (DIN)
// pin 5 – Data/Command select (D/C)
// pin 4 – LCD chip select (CS)
// pin 3 – LCD reset (RST)
Adafruit_PCD8544 display = Adafruit_PCD8544(7, 6, 5, 3, 4);

int heatPin = 8;

double Thermister(int RawADC) {
double Temp;
Temp = log(((10240000/RawADC) – 10000));
Temp = 1 / (0.001129148 + (0.000234125 * Temp) + (0.0000000876741 * Temp * Temp * Temp));
Temp = Temp – 273.15;            // Convert Kelvin to Celcius
//uTemp = (Temp * 9.0)/ 5.0 + 32.0; // Convert Celcius to Fahrenheit
return Temp;

void setup() {
pinMode(heatPin, OUTPUT);

void loop() {
int temperature = (int(Thermister(analogRead(A2))));
int pot1 = analogRead(A0);
digitalWrite(heatPin, HIGH);
display.setTextColor(WHITE, BLACK);
display.println(“Digital Taste”);
display.print(“Volt: “);
display.println(” v”);
display.print(“Temp: “);
display.println(” c”);


Digital Taste – Initial Group Post – Birce/Enrica/Fito

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As a group(called Digital Taste), we are interested in exploring sensory substitution and sensory augmentation and in creating a wearable piece capable of translating environmental data (colors, distance) into taste.

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We were curious about creating digital taste since the beginning. So we started to ask questions like Is it possible to create flavor from light and space? During our inquiry, we found a Research Paper called “Digital Taste Synthesizer for Ubiquitous Taste Interactions” made by Namesha Ranasinghe and his group. They ended up creating a digital method for simulating the sensation of taste by actuating the human tongue through electrical and thermal stimulation methods. We decided to rebuild this electronic taste stimulating system that they developed.




early sketches for first prototypes 

We are aiming to build our own digital taste synthesizer, while understanding how  reliable this research paper is . If we fail, we hope it is a successful failure. We expect to have enough documentation and experimental support to debate  Namesha Ranasinghe’s paper. Meanwhile, we are developing alternatives for our original proposal; Digital Taste Simulator.

Ps:You can check out our initial presentations and complete research resources from the links below: