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Social Defence Mechanisms,- Tools for Reclaiming your Personal Space

Social Defence Mechanisms,- Tools for Reclaiming your Personal Space

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Thesis by Limor Fried
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Social Defense Mechanisms:Tools for Reclaiming our Personal Space
byLimor FriedSubmitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciencein Partial Fulllment of the Requirements for the Degrees ofBachelor of Science in Electrical Engineeringand Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Scienceat the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyJanuary 28, 2005Copyright 2005 Limor Fried All rights reserved.The author hereby grants to M.I.T. permission to reproduce anddistribute publicly paper and electronic copies of this thesisand to grant others the right to do so.AuthorDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceJanuary 28, 2005Certied byChris CsikszentmihalyiThesis SupervisorAccepted byArthur C. SmithChairman, Department Committee on Graduate Theses
 
Social Defense Mechanisms:Tools for Reclaiming Our Personal Space
byLimor FriedSubmitted to theDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceJanuary 28, 2005In Partial Fulllment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineeringand Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
ABSTRACT
Thesis Supervisor: Chris CsikszentmihalyiTitle: Director, Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab
In contemporary Western society, electronic devices are becoming soprevalent that many people nd themselves surrounded by technologiesthey nd frustrating or annoying. The electronics industry has littleincentive to address this complaint; I designed two counter-technologiesto help people defend their personal space from unwanted electronicintrusion. Both devices were designed and prototyped with referenceto the culture-jamming “Design Noir” philosophy. The rst is a pair ofglasses that darken whenever a television is in view. The second is low-power RF jammer capable of preventing cell phones or similarly intrusivewireless devices from operating within a user’s personal space. Bybuilding functional prototypes that reect equal consideration of technicaland social issues, I identify three attributes of Noir products: Personalempowerment, participation in a critical discourse, and subversion.
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction 4Background 7
Hertzian Space 7Design Practices of Hertzian Space 7Personal Space 10Proposed Solutions 12Design Noir 15Control 17Subversion 19Conclusion 23
Wave Bubble 26Media-Sensitive Glasses 29Design and Implementation of Wave Bubble 32
Introduction 32VCO Selection 34Tuning Circuitry 37Gain Stage and Antenna Selection 38Power Supply 40Conclusion 41Improvements 42
Design and Implementation of Media-Sensitive Glasses 43
Introduction 43Television Detection 43Television Blocking 48Microcontroller Selection 49Power Supply 51Conclusion 54Improvements 54Appendix A: Wave Bubble 57Appendix B: Media-Sensitive Glasses 59Bibliography 67

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