Saturday, March 28, 2015

Portrait of Inventor Dominic Wilcox

(Link from YouTube) Dominic Wilcox is an artist, designer, and inventor who builds working prototypes of delightfully bizarre concepts, such a stained-glass driverless car, GPS shoes that guide you where you want to go, and a hearing device that reverses right and left inputs.

This video introduces us to his thought process, and we get to meet his parents. Mr. Wilcox wrote a book called Variations on Normal illustrated with his comic sketches.

Dominic Wilcox's Binaudios for magnifying faraway urban sounds
Edit: Frank Palmer sent this photo of "WWII acoustic aircraft detection system similar to that of Dominic Wilcox’s “Binaudios” but pre-dating him by about 75 years. These were used by the Brits, Germans, Japanese and others early in the war before the detection of enemy aircraft was taken over by radar."

Here's Wilcox's website.
(Thanks, Bryn and Frank!)


HNK said...

Great and strange inventions at the same time. Interesting.

Rich said...

I wonder if the term "Surrealism" would still be appropriate.
Perhaps, because "Post Surrealism" for instance, sounds a bit unplausible.

jeff said...

Dominic reminds me of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit.