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By Team Model Emotion
King Maku is a hand-held AllI that senses and communicates the movement of fascia (kinmaku, in Japanese) in the body. It helps the user understand how the body tenses and relaxes to various affective and emotional encounters in everyday life.
Although mobile technologies have increasingly expanded our cognitive capacities to engage with the outside world, it has also at times made us less aware of our internal physiological states. Parts of bodies often respond to difficult emotional experiences by subtly tensing and holding. This can create habits of movement outside of awareness that manifest in long-term physiological patterns with negative results. Fascia are connective tissue that respond to experience and inscribe patterns of reactions into shapes of the body. King Maku helps one become aware of these subtle responses in order to better direct them to positive ends.
By massaging the areas of irritated and tightening fascia in King Maku, such as in the back of the neck, one feels the sensors on one's own neck deliver vibrations that loosen and smooth the fascia and the muscles with which they are entangled. King Maku smiles more widely as his—and ultimately your own—fascia relax.
King Maku is made out of silicon, sensors, and sand. He is fixed to a key chain, resides in one's pocket, and can be easily held in one's hand. Sensors remotely connect the tissue in King Maku to the tissue in one's body at key sites of tension, such as the throat, chest, and the back of the neck and shoulders. When fascia in these areas tense or relax, so too do those areas in King Maku, indicating through vibrations and colored lights areas that are asking for attention.
Fascia sensors are worn on the skin at key places on the body. Sensing subtle vibrations and electric signals coming from nerve endings in fascia, those sensors remotely connect with King Maku, who displays those areas on his own body through vibration and e-ink indicators, which are soft on the eyes. Machine learning algorithms are applied to connect patterns of fascia movement to time stamps during the day, so that one might connect qualitative scenes with quantitatively measurable patterns of the physical body.