Toy Stories

Adam Haar Horowitz


A custom circuit board is embedded into robotic toys which makes them come alive when a sleeper begins to dream. As you slip into REM sleep, they wake into the world.

A Hypnodyne EEG tracks brainwave changes and eye movement frequency. A sleep staging algorithm automatically detects REM sleep and broadcasts signal to a bluetooth receiver embedded into each animatronic animal. When wake is detected, movement stops. 

This art piece will be shown at the V&A Museum in London as part of their Alice: Curioser and Curioser exhibition.  This work was funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Research Topics
#art #creativity #sleep