• Name — Renata Gaui
• Thesis Title — hysteria
• Relevant Categories — identity perception, female empowerment, empowerment, wearable technology, speech recognition
• Thesis Question — how can technology prompt conversations about micro-aggressions towards females?
• Elevator Pitch – A wearable device that detects verbal microaggressions towards females during daily conversations and reacts to it.
• First paragraph of long description — A wearable device that protests against misogynist linguistics habits: a ruffled shirt neck connected to a speech recognition software that detects verbal microaggressions towards females in a conversation – and reacts to it physically by revealing behind the ruffles a biting toy denture.
• Long description — On a daily basis, females are suppressed by negative vernacular habits.“you’re being emotional”, “are you on pms?”, “grow a pair”, “you’re so smart for a girl”, “don’t be a pussy” etc. make part of our daily interaction with people (males & females). they are cultural vices that often goes by without being questioned. is there a way that we can flip this pejorative speech and turn it into something that empower female? can emerging technologies work as tools to create conversations about cultural mannerisms? my thesis project is a wearable device that protests against misogynist linguistics habits. A ruffled shirt neck has embedded in it a hardware that is running a speech recognition software that is trained to detect verbal microaggressions towards females in a conversation. Once it recognizes that a micro aggressive expression was used, it reacts to it by making a denture toy (that is placed behind the ruffles) to bite – “mimicking” the aggressor and revealing itself by making the ruffles to fly through the denture movement.