Digital Pregnancy Test

Wenjing and I decided to continue our body politics project to the finals. Our topic focused on bio-power, a social system use by the government to manipulate large group of human to ensure a better-sustained, ordered citizen. In this version, we will build a pregnancy device that uses 23andMe API to obtain DNA data instead of the country’s economic status and population. Based from the result, justify whether or not the user should have babies.

Some of the other prompts we want to keep in mind while working are:
Device: Juxtaposition
Mood: Uneasy
Limitation: Real API data, build on existing pregnancy test device

Indoor Generation

  • We spend 90% of our time indoors
  • Provides minimal daylight and fresh air
  • Indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outside
  • Scientist prove links between lack of daylight and a variety  og physical and mental problems
  • The only time we spend out is the time we commute to school or work.

Mood: Melancholy
Device: Metaphor

iBall – so you can always be there

For this week, we were asked to critic on a topic related to technology. Pedro gave each group some extra constrains to work on. For us, it was:

    • Attribute: Playful
    • DeviceAbsurdity
    • Mood: Shame

Idit and I decided to make an object concerning mass surveillance. On our first meeting, she came up with the idea of using eyeball to watch back to those who surveil us. I think the idea was interesting, and it matches the constraint of being playful and absurd. But we also thought the form of an eyeball was too predictable.


We then saw these images, and use it as reference for the foundation to our project, (left) gumball machine and (right) eye-shaped candy. After setting with the theme, we did our research hunting for the components. Idit happened to have a gumball machine at home! How wonderful is that! Adafruit has some mini spy camera and TFT display which could be useful. We bought both the sensor but found out that the result was not that ideal nor impactful, plus it was not very stable. The mini spy camera can take photos, but it’s all stored on a microSD card. The TFT only displays a pair of goggly eyes.


We scheduled office hour with Pedro, and he told us about RC camera commonly used for drones. It gives live feed within a certain range and does not require any programming at all!

For some reasons, we were having a hard time matching the right channel for the camera and receiver. Each time we reconnect the power, we would have to search through the different channels . We then noticed that the frequency range would show up for a split seconds when the receiver is attached to my phone app FPViwer, top left of the screen. We try to tune it with the chart given in the instruction sheet and now it works like a charm.

Idit excels in fabrication. She created the eyeballs using paint and plastic spheres. The result was phenomenal.

Final Product:

Bias Resume Shredder

For disobedient electronics, we need to make an object that meets the tech and critic side of the triangle. I build a shredder that shreds resume of applicant who fails to meet the “hidden” criteria. The definition of a qualified candidate has been blurry in a job hunt, especially in Taiwan. Western people have a higher chance of getting an english teaching position in nursery schools, not because they are more skillful at the language but because they are Caucasian. A pregnant applicant gets rejected because she is expecting to miss a few weeks of work due to labor or maternity issue, which then will cause a great impact on the company’s profit. Furthermore, older people were perceive to be less productive, less creative, and have more health problems.

The shredder has three inputs – age, gender, race. It decides whether to trigger the shredder depending on your input combinations.

Arduino Source Code:


Order more claw

In class, Pedro showed us a triangular graph that consists of tech, design, and critic. For our first homework, we were asked to build a critical object that has both the critical and design element on it. Adi and I listed down topics we have in mind, some of these were capitalism, addiction over smartphone, online shopping waste creation, and household food waste. At the end of the day, we decided to dealt with the online shopping topic since it is relatable to both of us.

The evolution of online shopping has increase drastically over the past decade. It’s easier than ever to shop a wide variety of goods, from clothing, electronics, to daily consumables. However, all these comes with a consequence. The creation of excess waste through packaging, especially cardboards.

It is an easy-to-find material even in ITP floor. We find different sizes of cardboards and stacked them inside one another, similar to Russian doll method, pointing out how frequent online shopping happens in our life. Inside the smallest box is button with “order more boxes” label , implying the cycle that is never ending.