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Sentient City Survival Kit

artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city

ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition

Installation view @ RWE Tower Gallery, ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany. The exhibition is on view August 20 – September 5, 2010.

Quick Start Guide

Serendipitor Public Beta Released

After some back and forth with Apple, the Serendipitor is now available as a free download from the App Store.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the beta testing! Keep the comments/suggestions coming…

Antennaware technical notes

Antenna design is part art, part science – an alchemy of sorts.

Virtually any conductive loop will pick up some turbulence in the electromagnetic fields surrounding us. Yet there are specific engineering specifications that detail design criteria and parameters for tuning antenna designs for specific frequencies (such as UHF RFID). But what criteria and parameters are relevant if you want to sew RFID antennas into clothing?


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Antennaware material study


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Serendipitor Beta

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Serendipitor – paper version

Settling in @ V2_ in Rotterdam and – working with Rui Guerra – just completed the first paper testing of the routing directions for the Serendipitor. The aim was to see how people responded to different ways of augmenting directions generated by a routing service (in this case, the Google Maps API) with instructions for action and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, and Yoko Ono, among others.

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RFID Under(a)ware – development pics

In the near future sentient shopping center, item level tagging and discrete data-sniffing will become both pervasive corporate culture and a common criminal passtime. This popular product line consists of his and hers underwear designed to sense hidden Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID) readers and alert the wearer to their presence by activating small vibrators sewn into bras and boxer shorts (in strategic locations).

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Open Studios @ Eyebeam

Open Studios @ Eyebeam, June 25 & 26, 2010

Eyebeam hosted Open Studios showcasing video art, ethnographic database research, open/linked data systems, code and humor, and sentient electronics. I’ve been there for the past month as the inaugural resident for a new joint Eyebeam/V2_ residency.

Concept Sketches

Ad-hoc Dark (roast) Network Travel Mug

Ad-hoc Dark (roast) Network Travel Mug
Travel mug designed for creating ad-hoc “dark” networks for communication along a morning commute.

CCD-Me-Not Umbrella

CCD-Me-Not Umbrella
An umbrella studded with infrared LEDs visible only to CCD surveillance cameras, designed to frustrate object detection algorithms used in computer vision surveillance systems

GPS Serendipitor

GPS Serendipitor
An alternative GPS navigation software application for mobile phones that determines a route to a destination that the user has not previously taken, designed to facilitate finding something by looking for something else.

RFID Under(a)ware

RFID Under(a)ware
His and Hers undergarments designed to sense hidden Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag readers and alert the wearer to their presence by activating small vibrators sewn into bras and boxer shorts.

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