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Japanese Artist Creates Bio-Mechanical “Tumor” That Doubles As CPU Load Meter


By David Ponce

This seems to have been around since 2008, but it’s only now making the rounds on the blogs, so we thought to let y’all know about it too. The video we’ve embedded after the jump shows a creation by Japanese artist Mio I-zawa. It’s a rubber (or latex, we’re not sure) bladder shaped and painted to look like a tumor. It’s connected to a series of motors and pneumatic actuators, and the whole apparatus is controlled by a piece of software on the PC to which its attached. When the load on the CPU is low, the tumor gently pulsates. But start doing something CPU-intensive, and it’ll grow, giving you a direct, organic connection to the current load on the PC.

We’re not entirely sure why the use of a tumor, as opposed to say a fake lung. We get the whole bridging the gap between inorganic digital stress and biological stress; kind of anthropomorphizing the most inanimate of objects. But heck, even a heart would have made more sense… Why a tumor?

Hit the jump for the creepy video.

[ Artist’s Website ] VIA [ Pink Tentacle ]

  • Martín Fernández

    Santos tumores biomecánicos, batman!

  • blairf_felgenheimer

    So this isnt the special Steve Jobs attachment for the Mac?

  • gadgettoys

    Scared!!! Are you scared while using this CPU with tumor? like Scary movie.

  • Physics toys

    Scared!!! Are you scared while using this CPU with tumor? like Scary movie.