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Cell Phone Disco

( via the project’s website )

AN ELECTROMAGNETIC EXPERIENCE Introduction

CELL PHONE DISCO

Cell Phone Disco is an experimental installation made out of flashing cells. By multiplication of a mobile phone gadget, only slightly altered consumer product, we created a space to experience the invisible body of the mobile phone.

Flashing cells basically consist of one or more LEDs, battery and a sensor that detects electromagnetic (EM) radiation transmitted by an active mobile phone. When the sensor detects EM waves it sets off the LEDs to flash for a couple of seconds. In general the flashing cells are enclosed in a plastic casing on a strap and sold as a fashion accessory for a mobile phone.

The Cell Phone Disco installation has two parts:

MOBILE AURA

Flashing cells with sensors of higher sensitivity are used to detect electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone in a range of approximately a meter. This way a sort of aura appears around the phone, revealing a part of it’s invisible body.

While the user moves around talking on his cell phone, this aura follows the conversation as a light shadow through the space.

MOBILE DRAWING

Much less sensitive cells are used to create a canvas for an inkless marker. The LEDs get activated only by an extreme proximity of the electromagnetic source. Moving the phone close to the cells therefore leaves a trace of light, an electromagnetic drawing.

DEVELOPMENT

At the moment we are developing new variations as well as a modular version which can be used in public space and places such as venues. If you’re interested in applying such installation please contact us at projects@informationlab.org.

Cell Phone Disco is a project by informationlab.org & megla.org

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Filed under: architecture, art, design, locative, mobility, new media, physical computing, space/place, technology

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