Jakob Skote of the Architectural Association School of Architecture has developed a moss powered Wi-Fi jammer as part of a larger project you can view here.
Jakob writes: “In today’s inexorably connected world a disconnected spot acts as a “safe-space” for those of us who wish to remain free from Facebook’s geo-advertising and NSA’s eavesdropping. To be able to grasp the interconnectivity of our time we need to be able to take a step back and disconnect, not only from the internet but also from the power grid, the water mains and all other networks that we take for granted. Moss does not need anything else than sunshine and moist air to grow, and with technology developed by designer Fabienne Felder and prof Paolo Bombelli at University of Cambridge it is possible to harvest excess electricity from photosynthesis. The electricity fuels a Wifi-jammer that creates a shield of interference in a 15 m radius around the necklace.”
“The first part of my brief this year at the Architectural Association was to design a piece of digital jewellery – or wearable technology. Instead I designed a piece of wearable anti-technology, jewellery for the modern luddite and a digital molotov cocktail – ready to create havoc at a Starbucks near you.”
“Since the hydrogen electrodes are extremely fragile and not bendable I was not able to create a fully working prototype. I instead made a conceptual test based on Felder’s and Bombelli’s previous experiment with the moss-radio.”
Thanks to Jakob for sharing his project with us, looks great and we look forward to creating mayhem at our local coffee shops.