Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
Project Alias, by Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen, is a “parasite” for home devices. It can be customised to control smart assistants. Inspired by a parasitic fungus, this little assistant hides a mic array, a raspberry pi and speaker and can be easily positioned on the most common home voice assistants. After training, Alias takes control of the home vocal assistant by activating and turning it off. Furthermore, it transmits a continuous sound to the affected device, which in this way is inhibited from recording other surrounding “private” sounds. The project critically reflects on “smart” commercial products and pokes fun at the ‘intelligence’ of vocal assistants. Chiara Ciociola
Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen – Project Alias