As an example of a project for last fall’s “Physical Computing for Artists” class I suggested a light switch based on one of Stephen Wrights comedy bits.
‘In my house there’s this light switch that doesn’t do anything. Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, “Cut it out.”‘ — Steven Wright
Using one of the bacomatic5000s I created a light switch that posts its state to the web. The idea is that like the switch in Stephen’s apartment there is no connection between turning the switch on and off and what it effects. You can connect your “things of internet” (ToI ™) to the switch by polling http://www.suspectdevices.com/art2013/swls/ or you can come turn the switch on and off in person this week at the AFRU gallery’s “Byte ME 2013” show which opens Friday (details at http://www.afrugallery.com/ai1ec_event/byte-me/?instance_id=58)
I should have some code up later this month walking through this.