Can we design a more Intuitive way
to learn about the microbiome?
Roles: concept design, industrial design of microbial LP, technical writer, technical consultant on the plating of microbes on LP.
Collaborators: This project was completed as a member of the EMW Street Bio Team
Awards: Biota Beats was awarded a Bronze medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) in the Community Lab category in 2016.
Biota Beats is a Microbial Record Player designed to convert the microbes of your body into sound. Biota Beats was awarded a Bronze medal at the IGEM Competition in 2016.
This was collaborative project with the EMW Street Bio iGem team. We won a Bronze medal in the community lab category, and the full site for our competition entry can be found here: http://biotabeats.com/index.html
Our team built a record player called Biota Beats that can hold a petri dish plated with cultures from the human microbiome.
Currently, a still image is taken of the colonies and translated into sound by a program coded by one of our teammates, but the ultimate vision for Biota Beats is real-time tracking of colonies and conversion of a video into sound. With Biota Beats, you’ll be able to listen to music from different cultures!
The combination of arts and science captures our imaginations with compelling narratives of initiative and innovation.
People go beyond traditional ways to work in whatever medium best fits their skills and messages. By rooting stories in authenticity, people can spark emotion and action, transmit values and information, foster collaboration, and invent the future.
Lifeforms inhabiting the surface of our bodies need a form of communication for people to understand the information those lifeforms contained. What if we can hear the physical attributes of a microbiota?