Cyborg-Computer Interaction: Designing New Senses

Ramoglu M.

DESIGN JOURNAL, vol.22, pp.1215-1225, 2019 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1594986
  • Journal Name: DESIGN JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1215-1225
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Cyborgs are among us. Integrating technology with the human body is not science fiction anymore as people started to apply various devices into their body to increase their abilities and senses. Although ethical debates on improving human abilities continue, technological developments have made devices that enhance human capacity small and accessible. Previous studies discussed cybernetic organisms (cyborgs) from an anthropological, sociological, bioethical and technical perspective. Although the interaction between cyborgs and the computers that are extensions of their bodies is crucial, there are few discussions on how to design new abilities and senses in cyborgs. Before describing a design guideline for cyborgs, we need to understand the concept of the cyborg, its characteristics and design potential. This study examines the previous definitions of cyborg to explore the potential to design the augmented human and proposes three parameters to define a design framework.