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Kelly Dobson's Blendie

by Josh Rubin
on 01 March 2006

I know I wasn't the only kid humming along with the household appliances trying to find the right harmony to make my head vibrate. Right? Um, anyway, MIT Media Lab's Kelly Dobson must have because one avenue of her work takes that interaction and flips it around. Blendie is part of her series called Machine Therapy which was undoubtedly influenced by her childhood spent living in a junkyard. Created in 2004, it's a blender that is voice operated where the pitch of your voice controls the speed of the blender. Besides being a heady exploration of the personal, societal, and psychoanalytical role machines take in our lives, the video demonstration of Blendie is really funny!
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