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Syndi

Syndi

wearable technology, physical computing

People around me often talk about surveillance, but the same group of people is also willingly give their data away in exchange of free services. With this project I want to remind them, and myself, that the data that we emit daily, including, but not limited to, location service, friend list and the goods that we buy, is worth paying attention to and protecting for as much as our flesh and bones.

INTRODUCING SYndi

Syndi is wearable technology that serves as a commentary on how often we switch between the physical and the digital world. It represents the tangibility of our otherwise invisible digital self. Its form as a necklace allows Syndi to attach to the human body, as a metaphor for the marriage between our data and our flesh.

how it works

With every social media notification, Syndi sends a haptic signal to its user through the two magnetic flip dots. 

Close up shot of one flip dot

Close up shot of one flip dot

FLIP DOT

Flip dots are the focal points of Syndi. They are made of magnetic beads, surrounded by two coils of magnetic wires. When a current runs through the wire, the beads flip, hence the name flip dot.

Custom circuit board hidden inside the statement of the necklace

Custom circuit board hidden inside the statement of the necklace

statement piece

The statement contains the controlling power: an ATtiny85, 2 transistors, resistors and diodes. Two smaller statement pieces on the side contain two 3.7V Lipo batteries. The schematic can be viewed here.


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