The Freedom of Speech Kit (Kit de Libertad de Expresión in Spanish) consist of an electronic portable banner where a user can display messages either using a local physical interface, such a keyboard, or remote interfaces using social networks through internet. Hence there are different entry interfaces: a physical one, so anyone close to the banner can send messages to it, and another one via internet, thus anyone in the world, using a cell phone, a computer or other devices connected to the cloud can send messages to the banner as well.
The device is built with a series of textiles (both conductors and insulators of electricity) and LEDs, together with a microprocessor and communication modules. All software and hardware design is being documented in an instructions manual, so anyone will be able to build their own kit: a Do-It-Yourself kit. It is delivered under copyleft license, so users are able to improve the design and adapt it to their local circumstances.
Project web page
Developed at: Interactivos’13 Medialab Prado.
Project develoment: 10.04.2013 – 27.04.2013
Project running: 27.04.2013 – currently
Tasks: idea, desing circuits, prototiping, sewing soft hardware and coding.
Article at We make money not art
Article at Yorokobu nº40 page 51
Article at Wired UK
Promoters: Etc Inventions (Chema Blanco, Anna Carreras) and María Solé Bravo.
Collaborators: Gonzalo Iglesias, Rafael Fernandes, Carlos Fernández, Daniel Alonso, Sonya Ricketts, Andrea Rosales, Soraya Nasser, Echedey Lorenzo, Miguel Fernández, Eva Rueda & Christian Rojo.
Photos: Chema Blanco, María Solé.
Video: Carlos Fernandez
Details at: Google DEV ART