Blendie

Allright, that’s not exactly related to music BUT it’s connected with Pop!Tech where Imogen Heap performed last week and she mentions the Blendie on her myspace. It’s absolutely hilarious!

First, make yourself familiar with Pop!Tech, Kelly Dobson and Blendie by reading the quotes below:

Pop!Tech is a nonprofit organization mostly known for its annual mass media and technology conference that takes place in Camden, Maine. It defines itself as “a network of remarkable people, extraor dinary conferences, powerful ideas and innovative projects that are changing the world.

Kelly Dobson: A self-proclaimed junkyard kid, Kelly Dobson has marveled at the underlying connection between people and machines since the age of four. She is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she developed “machine therapy,” a personal, societal and psychoanalytical study of machine design and its pervasive effects on everyday life.

Kelly’s recent work includes a voice-controlled blender named Blendie, and ScreamBody (the first in a series of wearable body organs), which allows users to vocalize emotions in otherwise impermissible environments.

“Critical infoldings happen in the connections between people and machines,” Kelly says. “Machines have expressive, engaging behaviors, strength of character, negotiative egos and neurotic propensities.”

Blendie is an interactive, sensitive, intelligent, voice controlled blender with a mind of its own. Materials are a 1950 ‘s Osterizer blender altered with custom made hardware and software for sound analysis and motor control.

Isn’t it amazing?!

And here’s a very short clip of Kelly at Pop!Tech:

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