July 16, 2013
WiFi-SM

wifi-sm

WiFi-SM by UNbEhAGEN.COM (Christophe Bruno and Valéry Grancher) is an internet connected wireless device that connects your body to current events based on keywords.

It automatically detects the information from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide updated continuously and analyses them looking for specific keywords such as death, kill, murder, torture, rape, war, virus etc.. Each time the text of the news contains one of these keywords, your WiFi-SM device is activated through the Wi-Fi network and provides you with an electric impulse. This impulse is calibrated so that you can feel a certain amount of pain, but is completely safe.

It is ten years old and the device resembles a nicotine patch (way too small for the time) so quite obviously a parody. The work isn’t the device per se but the idea of the device and the way it’s presented online as a product (see also FuckU-FuckMe from 1999).

    Posted by: Garrett @ 4:33 pm

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