We can all smell body odor, but we can’t see it. Microbes change our bodies—like the bacteria that causes body odor—
but we’re not able to perceive the way our body’s microbiome is built and improved through sharing. Research today is showing many examples where an undesirable mix of microbes in the body can be replaced.
My project proposes a speculative design strategy to visualize and share these essential microbes around three main biomes: skin, mouth, and gut. This system uses everyday objects found in the home or gym, a networked watch, and
personal objects to reabsorb the microbes. The object surfaces are composed of smaller units, or chiclets, which can be shared between people, and change color in response to the microbiome absorbed within.