Saturday 12 January 2008

Troika's Tool For Armchair Activists; Automated Remote Protest

Moritz Waldemeyer (who created the By Royal Appointment chairs from yesterday) and someone named Troika worked together to create this handy tool for armchair activists, which is a machine for remote protest.

It consists of a loudspeaker connected to a computer that can receive text messages and convert them into spoken words. The text to speak conversion is made possible by some sophisticated speech synthesis software, which presumably was customized for this application. The hardest part of using the device is having to mount it on a lamp post or other hard to reach area. But once it’s running you can simply relax at home and text in your opinions, without the fear of tear gas, high powered water hoses or even having to stand for a couple of hours.

Largely for its embedded mobile telecommunication device, the machine is able to receive incoming sms messages and speak them out loud through its megaphones, thus allowing the armchair activist to shout out its rants and protests in the comfort of his sitting room, thus allowing the armchair activist to express his/her opinion from anywhere in the world. And to assist you further with these endeavors are: The Electroprobe, The SMS Guerrilla Projector and One Free Moment

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