Materials for the real feel..

Were progressing through the research and the fleshing out of the task analysis and arrived at the point we're experimenting and exploring materials for our analogue. A far less scientific approach than one would expect as our approach is what we have donned as a 'blind test'.

Blind being poignant as one can cosmetically make a material realistic in appearance, but it is the feel in operation that we are looking for.Its surprising how a box of elastics now looks like a bundle of muscle fibres, a household sponge a potential for subcutaneous fat so on and so forth. What we hope to achieve in preparing these samples is to get feedback from our research participants as to what feels real. Only then will we cross over into the cosmetics - a whole different set of skills..

The humble elastic band is soon to become a muscle analogue

In an open appendectomy procedure it is better to separate the muscle as opposed to cutting the muscle. It is in this example where the elastics represent the muscle bundles and the liquid latex the bond between adjacent fibre bundles.

You'll never look at your scotch scourer in the same light again. A slice coated in liquid latex rubber in an attempt to replicate the skin (both dermis and epidermis) together with the subcutaneous fat later. This sample the latex is still wet and uncured.

Left: Liquid latex and what we call 'weird membrane'. Not sure of its exact make up at present. The membrane is super thin as to how we perceive the fascia membranes to be.

Centre: 'Weird membrane, liquid latex and elastic bands, another iteration on muscle tissue experimentation.

Far Right: Natural sea sponge and liquid latex. Is a natural fibre / material more convincing that synthetic

Compressed foam in liquid paraffin as a substitute to the foam in water. Developments into a suitable material or combination for the fatty bits


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