Author: jonah

The WavePillow is a pillow that alerts surfers to the type of waves that are present on the beach in the morning. This way they can know whether to no...

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Ride The Bed

Here at ISEA 2004 in the exhibition at Kiasma is a project called Bubl Space which supposedly blocks all mobile phone signals around you to give you s...

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Kill Your Mobile Device

At the Kiasma show here in Helsinki for ISEA 2004, Pamela Jennings‘s Constructed Narratives project (pictured above at the opening) consists of ...

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Blocks Across Media

Made it to Helsinki after missing our ferry and only getting about 3 hours of sleep. Over the course of ISEA 2004 I think we’ve gotten about 20 ...

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ISEA 2004 – In Helsinki

Induction House by Aether Architecture “is a 5300 cm-pixel resolution 3d screen mounted in a 300X300X600 cm self-tensioned structure for mapping...

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Induction House

Here at ISEA 2004 on the super cool Silja Opera ferry cruise! It’s a huge ship with 3 clubs, 2 jacuzzis, 2 saunas, casino, Wi-Fi access, too muc...

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Rock the Boat!

Today Kaki and I led the DIY Wearable Challenge workshop here in Tallinn, Estonia at the Estonian Academy of Arts! It went really well with some great...

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DIY Wearable Challenge

Kaki and I head to ISEA today to lead two workshops called DIY Wearable Challenge. Katherine will also be exhibiting her wearable projects, Inside/Out...

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ISEA Bound

Researcher Andruid Kearne’s latest entry into the ACM Hypertext Conference has been censored by the conference chairs! ” Kerne created the...

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Shafted by the ACM man!

This suit makes you feel old. “The Third Age Suit restricts the mobility of the wearer to give them an appreciation of what it is like for patie...

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Wearing Your Age

This month’s Rebublican National Convention (RNC) will see a new kind of activist! With Moport, a site for generating and creating mobile phone ...

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RNC Phone Home

IM watching is a nice experiment in making a digital record of something you do anyways – which is know when your buddies are on and offline. Si...

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Watching Me Go Offline

1. Interesting graph of Bush’s approval rating vs. the terror alerts that were declared. A steady decline since 9/11. 2. Some press in the New Y...

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Links

The London collective, Greyworld, have just completed their latest public display project called The Source. The Source is an eight storey high kineti...

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The Source

Me! I’m here in NYC for a few days hanging out and testing UMBRELLA.net – where it will be shown for the first time during the Spectropoli...

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Live from New York It's….

Here at the DIS 2004 we were trying to find out how to get on the Wifi network so we began to use the ad-hoc network function of our wireless cards to...

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SSID Messaging

Made it to Boston, where I will be speaking on panel called “Design for Hackability” at the Designing Interactive Systems conference! Toda...

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Check DIS out!

Report from DIS 2004 The Cambridge Marriot Boston, MA, USA August 1-4, 2003 By Jonah Brucker-Cohen The 5th bi-annual conference on Designing Interacti...

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Report from DIS 2004

I just (secretly) got a copy of the “banned words” from Dragon Systems’ “Naturally Speaking” speech to text software. It...

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The Words You Can't Speak

Cool stuff from O’Reilly, a magazine for tech projects called Make. Finally a magazine for wanna-be hackers and tinkerers! From their blurb: ...

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"Make" Yourself into a Nerd

Yesterday, we had 5 computers sharing Wi-Fi from a dial-up connection! Basically we created the worlds slowest wireless internet cafe! Therefore this ...

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Dial Up Net Cafe

“? fish, plant, rack ? allows the navigational electrical discharges of the virtually blind elephant fish ?gnathonemus petersi? to instruct the ...

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Fish Tank Technology

This is a great cross between late 90s net.art and early 2000’s office cubicle boredom. Oh and did I mention that this rules....

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WinNoise

Heading to Boston on Weds to speak at a panel called “Design for Hackability” the Designing Interactive Systems conference! Should be a fu...

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Design a Hack

Thanks to some good advice, I just changed this site so that the blog is the front page at coin-operated.com. I hope this works and there will be a fe...

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Making Changes

RSG and BEIGE‘s newest unusable hack is a new file compression system called Total Asshole Compression (TAC). Drag and drop a file into TAC and ...

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Total Asshole Compression

Tomorrow night, we will be performing SimpleTEXT to open the Garage Festival in Straslund, Germany! This is the seventh performance of the project tha...

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SimpleTEXT @ Garage!

(Nathaniel Stern presents his work) Last nite we had the 19th installment of DATA! Here is a picture of presenter Nathaniel Stern talking about his wo...

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DATA 19 – Recap!

Test your courage with this one-way mirror public toilet, a nice piece by LA-based artist Monica Bonvicini. I don’t know if I would use it but I...

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See Through Toilet

My physical hit counter,!Alerting Infrastructure! that destroys an organization’s real-world bulding when people visit its “virtual”...

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Destroy the Garage

(image from DorkBot event) Heading to Barcelona today where Kaki and I will be speaking at Dorkbot Barcelona on the 17th! Will add some pics to this p...

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Dorkbot BCN – revisted

Out of town for the next week will get back to this when I return! Meanwhile this interview with Frank Chu, leader of the Zegnatronic Rocket Society i...

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Been away….

I love it when people find ways around prize giveaways! Jesse Perry’s iTunes Countdown for Mac and PC sticks a counter in the menu bar showing h...

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Cheat Apple out of an iPod

Is it just me, or is the new Beastie Boys album wanna-be political?. I don’t remember these doods rapping about politics before, but with lyrics...

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Beastie Boys Bust The Gov't

Lots more social BlueTooth apps cropping up. BlueMonger is like Netstumbler for your mobile phone, telling you who is around you but then uploading th...

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Ka-Bluey

Today is Katherine’s bday! She shares a b-day with Howard Rheingold, Michelle Kwan, Ringo Starr, and lots more people!...

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happy bday katherine!

Mogi, Item Hunt is a GPS game based in Japan that people play through their cellphones and hunt for treasure (gifts, flowers, etc) on a virtual map of...

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treasure GPS hunt

Anne-Marie Schleiner’s new urban gaming project, O.U.T., pits online gaming with urban graffiti on the streets of NYC during the Republican Nati...

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Gaming the Convention

The ERGODEX DX1 is a keyboard or game controller you can completely configure on your own. Imagine taking the keys off your keyboard and placing them ...

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DIY Keyboard

Happy 4th of July holiday to everyone back home! We miss you guys!...

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Happy 4th

The Location You @ Now is a group show in Beijing, China “based around a theme of physical and displaced presence through scavenged, recovered a...

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Location is Everything

Been updating work on our UMBRELLA.net project. On thursday we took the PocketPC application on field trials with 3 devices to check radio range and t...

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Updating

Usman Haque’s Sky Ear is back in action after it was cancelled last May due to inclement weather. The first date is next week! “Dates have...

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The Ear Flies Again

Kaki’s posts about all of the racism she has experienced in Dublin (esp. today and throughout the past 2 years) shows how messed up this country...

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Dublin Racism

Just finished documentation on my Forward Compatible project, a parastic physical object for a Wi-Fi or fixed router that monitors network traffic and...

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Forward Compatible

So I got this idea to do a small handheld project with iPaqs because they fit so nicely into the palm of your hand and you can travel around easily wi...

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Small Handheld Project

Gravity and Resistance is a new project by Japanese artists Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa that combines a real-time, pressure sensor equipped floor a...

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What Goes Up…

LA-based artist, Brody Condon’s new work “Untitled War”, open this July and pits two medieval warriors in full armor, fighting (to t...

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Battle in the Gallery

This net cafe in Crete had a unique business plan. The more beer you drink, the more net access you get. As you get more drunk, you stay online longer...

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Beer Access

Christophe Bruno’s project Blood For Sale, is a re-take on the famous walk that James Joyce took through Dublin 100 years ago. This time, Bruno ...

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James Joyce Goes Wi-fi

No this isn’t a picture from Alcatraz, it’s a pic from where we are staying in Crete on.. yes…vacation! Finally. We’ll be here...

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Finally Out

It’s good to know there’s a public database called GeoCoder so that you can look up the way-point of every address in the US. Now I can kn...

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GPS Yourself and Your Home

I really like the recent idea of using your iTrip as a broadcaster with this external amplifier. Very cool that people are running their own pirate ra...

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Amp It and Broadcast!

Kaki and I are heading to the Outside In conference on “Emerging Expressions, Interventions, and Participation in Public Space” taking pla...

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Outside In

Yesterday I noticed my iPod was bulging out of its metal case. Seemed like the metal was warped and didn’t fit on the plastic front anymore. I w...

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Data Heavy iPod?

ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show (held this Sept 17-19 in NYC) has announced its lineup! Lots of really interesting projects from hi-tech to dirt style!...

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ArtBots Artists Announced!

Intel researcher James Scott has been doing some work with Networked Surfaces, or tabletops that network devices that are placed on top of them. He sa...

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Networked Surfaces

The Artist Run Limousine is a mobile art machine by the Vancouver based collective FirstFloor. So far the car has been taken out for numerous projects...

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Art in Style!

Interesting applet of a multi-hop ad-hoc network by Nelson Minar (ex-MIT ML) who now works at Goooogle. In the above screen shot, Minar explains: R...

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Multi-Hop Simulations

Coin-Op is 10 years old this month! The first Coin-Op related project was a 7″ record that we released for my old Montreal-based band – Ho...

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10 Years of Coin-Op

Aparna Rao’s The Uncle Phone is a silly augmented object that consists of an elongated telephone designed specifically for her lazy uncle. In he...

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Uncle Phone Home

The feeling you get right after you put something in the microwave and turn on HIGH power, not knowing what will happen to the food or its container. ...

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Microwave Anxiety

This is a nifty bit of code (tested for Windows IE and Safari on the Mac) that makes any link you are looking at into an instant email message. Just p...

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Instant Link Sender

Message in a Bottle is an interesting GPS mapping project by UK-based artist Lalya Curtis. The idea was to release several bottles with simple GPS tra...

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Message in a GPS Bottle

Alias star Jennifer Garner wants you to join the CIA. Watch this video, it is totally insane, especially since the CIA endorses this!...

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Jennifer Garner Wants You!

If you ever wondered what your local neighborhood gas prices are, maybe GasBuddy can help you out. The site is ” the portal site to more than 17...

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Gas Prices Before You Pump

This Minty Mp3 Player by Limor Fried won’t keep your breath fresh, but the casing is definitely a winner. There are definitely a lot of fun thin...

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Minty Tunes

The ESPrit? 3G is the world’s first behind the ear (BTE) speech processor with an in-built telecoil designed to make phone use clear, simple and...

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Hack The Implant

Due to WiFi being so pervasive these days, I always hear this question: “What’s the outgoing mail server?” This happens because you ...

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Mail Yo Mamma

I just uploaded my report from the FutureSonic festival to my festival reports page. There is also my latest report on the CiberArt Bilbao event up th...

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New Reports & Stallman

Casshern is a film that makes the Matrix series look like an undergraduate film edited on Final Cut Pro. The depth of special effects, diverse sets an...

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Casshern

Google is becoming fodder for tons of projects that play off the search engine’s vast media grabbing capabilities. tooGle is an app that steals ...

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Google Stripping

The Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting (PEAM) takes place this week in Pescara, Italy. Focused on collaboration and exchange rather than competition, ...

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PEAM Ahead

While in Gent, we went to the S.M.A.K. museum where they had on display Antwerp-based artist, Panamarenko’s giant mettalic hovercraft vehicle &#...

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Flying Machines

We performed SimpleTEXT at the Vooruit last nite to a crowd of about 60+ people! Lots of interesting (and silly) messages were sent into the mix to in...

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SimpleTEXT @ Vooruit, Ghent!

We set up a cup phone on the streets of Ghent today during the workshop to allow people on the street walking by the workshop to say a few words. An a...

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Ghent Phone Home

The New York Snap Exchange, a project initiated by artist, Andrea Moed (also responsible for the location-based story project, Annotate Space), is an ...

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Snappers

The workshop here in Ghent is going well! Yesterday was a brainstorming session where workshop participants thought up categories of public space (on ...

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Workshop Update

We saw this sign in Riga. My first guess was that this sign forbids you to do ANYTHING. No playing, no driving, no houses, no trees! Asking around I f...

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Nothing

After a long week in Riga, I made it Ghent where Amy and I will be leading the Communectivity workshop for the next few days. The object of the worksh...

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Made it to Ghent

Today we went on a PML walk around Riga (short for Psychogeographical Markup Language). Basically the idea is you get a set of instructions – su...

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Do the PML!

[passing data in Kaki’s workshop] RAM 5 in Riga rolls on. Today’s opening presentations included some cool work by the Eastwood Real-Time ...

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More From RAM 5!

The second day of the RAM5 workshop here in Riga, Latvia has been interesting. Some talks this morning on malleable architectural spaces and software ...

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RAM on!

Found out that BumpList won an honorable mention in “NetVision” of Ars Electronica 2004! We are pretty excited about the award and want to...

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BumpList @ Ars!

Kaki and I have arrived in Riga, Latvia for RAM 5. This event focuses on the theme of “Open Source Media Architecture”, centered on open s...

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Arrived in Riga…

[Left: Drew Hemment opening the conference, Right: Wifi-Hog installed in the exhibition] Day 2 of the Futuresonic festival (see link below) was filled...

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The Sonic is Future

Here in Manchester @ FutureSonic festival. Just heard the first day of talks + keynote by Sadie Plant which was mostly an overview of mobile phone tec...

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The Future is Sonic

Report from Futuresonic 2004 Mobile Connections April 30 – May 1, 2004 http://www.futureeverything.com Held in the oblong shaped, glass-surfaced...

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Report from Futuresonic 2004

After three days in Bilbao, we are heading to Manchester now for FutureSonic. Kaki will be leading a workshop, and I will be exhibiting and speaking a...

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Back and Forth

Just arrived in Bilbao last nite, and got to see Richard Stallman give a talk this morning on the “Free Software” movement – from th...

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In Bilbao

So who’s goin to ISEA 2004? With all of the emails about early bird tickets, I’m wondering if lots of people have purchased them or not? T...

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ISEA

Just checked out the Dublin version (I took the pic above) of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Vectoral Elevation here on the streets of the Irish capital...

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Dublin Elevation

Interesting article by David Pescovitz in The Feature, called “State of the Artists” about how research and art are crossbreeding. He cove...

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Is research where it's at?

Guy Marsden, a British-born artist/engineer based in California, has been creating some interesting art and tech hybrids. His Photogenesis project, in...

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Lights in the Sky!

Wireless Access Points (APs) can take all shapes and sizes. This NoCat Night Light is a cool hack using a lightbulb and a SpeedStream access point wit...

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NoCat Nite Lite

Here’s an image of me doing a talk over iChat from Dublin for the PAUSE exhibition (I’m the guy with half of his face cut off), that opene...

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Just Pause It!

In a week, Kaki and I will be heading to the CiberArt Bilbao conference to give talks. My talk is in the “Computational Sociology” tract o...

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CiberArt Bilbao

It turns out this GPS Rifle (info below) thing is a fake (thank you!) – but the fact that someone dreamed it up is getting close to “Runni...

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A Fake, What's next?