Shamees Aden is a London born researcher and a multidisciplinary designer, exploring the potential of how these new scientific practices, could impact future designs.
Collaborating with scientists in the laboratory Shamees seeks to envisage and propose product concepts that communicates the complex research subject matter. Engaging with the scientists work to visualise the exciting future potential of these new technologies.
These encounters results in films, probes and images that illustrate and inspire the potential application of these future living technologies. Opening up conversations about the social and ethical implication of these emerging technologies in future designs.
The Amoeba Trainer
The Amoeba surface-adapting trainer is a conceptual prototype that seeks to probe the future of new materials derived from Protocells.
The study of protocells is a new and emerging science that has the potential to drastically revolutionise the way we make materials. Essentially protocells blur the gap between the non-living and the living. Engineering the emergence of life from lifeless liquid chemicals manufactured artificially in the laboratory could provide the building blocks to create a new-made nature.
She believes that we are on the cusp of a material revolution led by emerging living technologies. Science is becoming the future designer’s toolbox. She is currently working scientist Dr Martin Hanczyc from the University of Southern Denmark to fabricate a tangible trainer for 2050
‘‘The Amoeba surface-adapting trainer uses printed biotechnology to create a second skin around the user foot. The effect to the athlete is that the Protocell synchronise to the individual foot because this living technology is responsive and reconfigurable, adapting in real time to the current activity of the runner by adding extra support in high impact areas.’
Martin M Hanczyc, PhD