NAME: The Decelerator Helmet
AUTHOR: Lorenz Potthast
DESCRIPTION: A camera located on the outside of the helmet streams the video on a head-mounted display inside. No live feed here, but a slow motion stream of what is happening outside. A remote controls the three modes available: automatic, press (for a specific deceleration of time) or scroll (where the user can control the speed of the elapsing time). The project was first created for an interactive design course of the University of Art in Bremen. Potthast later refined his idea and created a fully operational prototype.
AMUSEMENT RATE: Society often disregards the fact that natural perception and personal timing are two different notions. When everything is going too fast, put on this helmet and live your life at your own pace. You will finally be at peace with yourself but not with the outside world: communicating with a disco ball on your head and a 5-second delay might not be easy.