Synbio (short for Synthetic Biology) is a rapidly developing, disruptive technology that enables the design and engineering of new biological organisms and the re-design of existing biological systems for useful purposes. Synthetic microorganisms can produce a variety of desired chemicals, materials, medicine, or fuels from renewable raw materials, waste fractions, and CO₂. This technology will have a paramount role in transitioning from a fossil-based economy to a sustainable, circular bio-economy.
A headset was initially chosen as the first physical implementation to showcase these microbially grown materials in a three-dimensional form because of the variety of materials in the product itself. From a design viewpoint, a headset combines various material properties in compact size and shape; hard, foam-like, pliable, rigid, and solid materials, as well as mesh fabric materials.