2021 AMI Online Salon

Extending Our Reach – NeuroReality Avatar System

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Cynthia Turner
  • Client: Think, The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Copyright: Cynthia Turner, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Photoshop CS6, licensed stock photography
  • Final presentation format: Print spread in magazine
  • Primary Audience: Neuroscientists, Engineers, Sociologists, Clinicians, Ethicists, Roboticists, Phenomenologists and university community

Project Description

An illustration designed to convey the multi-faceted work of the Human Fusion Institute, a multi-institution team of researchers at the vanguard of the international drive to extend our sense of touch. The NeuroReality avatar system endeavors to transport human touch and action to another location in real time through neural interface and telepresence to benefit humanity. Clockwise starting upper left: an engineer on Earth could have the sensation of holding and manipulating a tool in space; a medical student could experience the pressure of a surgeon’s grip on a scalpel cutting through skin; or a physician could remotely control a robotic arm and actually feel for swollen glands in a patient’s neck.