Kleebtronics used the Raspberry Pi to turn out-of-date objects into social-media-posting, digital machines as a branding effort for Levi’s:
As part of Levi’s Station to Station tour, I was comissioned to transform four antique objects into web-enabled digital devices. With the team listed below, we created the following objects:
- A Typewriter (1901 Underwood No.5) that posts to Twitter
- A Guitar (1953 Gibson E-125) that posts to Soundcloud
- A Still Camera (1939 Graflex) that posts to Instagram
- A Video Camera (1953 Bolex B8) that posts to Instagram
Each device needed to communicate with a web interface. We chose the Raspberry Pi as the brain inside each object. For the cameras, we used the Raspberry Pi camera module and programmed everything in Python. Each device had a built-in WIFI module, and we used mobile hot spots to communicate with the web as the train traveled across the country. Since the devices used specific social media platforms, we used RFID bracelets to allow the artists and musicians on the train to log in to their own accounts. Each device is outfitted with an RFID reader, and a custom-made emblem that identifies whether or not the user is logged in or not…
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