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Can Bio-Powered Jewelry Help Solve Our Addiction To Energy?

With “Energy Addicts,” industrial artist Naomi Kizhner imagines a world where power comes from the blood in our veins

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Industrial designer Naomi Kizhner imagines a future in which mankind’s appetite for energy has forced us to look within ourselves as new sources of power. In response to this not entirely implausible possibility, Kizhner created a series of jewelry concepts designed to raise questions about the role of energy in our society and the shifting relationship between biology and technology.


Energy Addicts” is a speculative series of three highly stylized “bio energy harvesting devices,” each designed to harness power from a wearer’s biological stimuli, such as the kinetic blinking of the eyes, the electrical pulses sent up the spine, and even the rhythmic pumping of blood through a person’s veins. Kizhner’s designs look like late surrealist illustrator H.R Giger spent a career designing luxury watches rather than famous movie monsters.

”blood bridge” image via naomikizhner.com

As Kizhner, a graduate student at Jerusalem’s Hadassah College, states on the project’s web page, Energy Addicts is:

A speculative a project that responds to a possible future of depleting resources. the work delves into a world in which there is a significant decline, which forces humanity to seek all the more forcefully for alternative ways of cultivating power. the suggested solution to the dilemma is based on the idea of biological wealth, harvesting energy directly from the body. using invasive gold & biopolymer devices that must be embedded into the surface of the skin, simple movements performed by the subconscious are fully utilized.

She offers a brief glimpse at the dynamic between subconscious movement and energy expended in a short trailer for the project:

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As farfetched as subdermal energy harvesting may sound, Wired points out that there are already people working to hasten the merging of biology and technology though techniques like magnet implantation. And really, is it all that difficult to imagine some people willing–if not eager–to sport a fashionable piece of minimally invasive power-jewelry if it meant a fully-charged smartphone all day long?

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