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Neural energy metabolism

Showing relative energy metabolism in different parts of the human brain during varying levels of consciousness.


This four week project was a cooperation with Tanne van Bree and Roel Kolsteren.
We were inspired by the fact that the human brain uses no more energy than a regular lightbulb and yet is incredibly efficient in how it uses that energy to perform all the complex tasks we need it to.
We set out to create an infographic showing how the brain’s energy use differs during various states of consciousness and how that energy is allocated to its different parts.

The end result was a physical model of the brain made out of copper wiring and LED’s. The brain was divided into six regions, each having it’s own group of colour coded LED’s. Following the coloured wiring, users can see the different functions of the six regions.
The brain’s activity can be regulated by turning a knob, switching between several states of consciousness. The activity in a certain region of the brain is then shown, represented by the frequency and duration of the LED’s lighting up.

Project name
Neural energy metabolism
Medium
3D interactive
Role
Research / Concepting / Electrician / Coding
Status
Finished