The Mind Chair, that rather weird sensory substitution chair on show at MoMA's Design And The Elastic Mind show at MoMA earlier this year, has been reincarnated. Designers Beta Tank have built a working model that will be on show in a lab at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London for people to "come and see with their skin."
Rows and rows of solenoids on the back of the chair take imagery from a video camera and produce impulse patterns on the sitter's back. The brain then interprets the patterns back into imagery. Personally, I think the polypropylene "canteen" chair made for MoMA is more stylish. [Dezeen]