Crank the Web! is a small hand crank USB toy and Firefox plugin that allows someone to hand crank their downloads on any computer.
Crank the Web USB Toy! is a small, desktop hand crank with accompanying Firefox plugin that anyone can use at the office or at home to crank their internet download speed. The project is a new, portable, USB version of the original Crank The Web!, an art installation by Jonah Brucker-Cohen from 2001.
The idea behind Crank the Web is to combine ancient forms of automation with today’s digital telecommunications technology. All bandwidth should be free and everyone should have access to the fastest speed connection. It is up to you to physically crank your bandwidth so that your internet connnection will rely on your personal strength, not personal wealth.
Users type in a URL in the broweser and hit “ENTER” and a blank browser page appears. The page they entered is read into a buffer and using the crank, they send a bit of data at a time to the computer which then unloads the buffer (containing text, images, animation, sound, etc..) into the open window. The page loads according to how fast they turn the crank. There is an indication on screen of the approximate bandwidth speed they are cranking.
Photos from Crank the Web! art installation:
Exhibitions of the original project: Crank The Web!
1st Prize Winner at the Fourth International Browser Day, March 29, 2001 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, NYC.
Interface Explorer Conference, October 18 – Nov. 9, 2001, Vienna, Austria.
Transmediale 2002, Feb. 5 – 24, 2002, Berlin, Germany.
Media[tion] exhibition, 2/16/04 – 4/12/04 @ Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster, UK.
OBORO, 9/16/06 – 10/21/06 @ Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
ArtLabs: Connectivity Show, 10/20/07 – 11/3/07 @ Sibiu, Romania.
EADI (The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, 12th Annual Conference / Exhibition – Global Governance for Sustainable Development, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 6/24/08 – 6/28/08.
MAKE:CRAFT , October 2, 2010, “ December 4, 2010, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.
Crank The Web is a small USB hand crank that allows you to download a website by hand by turning the crank.
Crank The Web is a humorous take on bandwidth allocation and delivery. Although not practical, the project questions the practice of placing monetary value on bandwidth since it is becoming so cheap that it eventually should be open and free for all to have access.
pledged of $25,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 10, 2012.
Apr 10, 2012 - May 10, 2012 (30 days)
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Get a Crank the Web sticker!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Your site will be listed on the project page as a cranked site.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Get a customized "Crank The Web" t-shirt with your site listed as "I cranked [your site here] with Crank The Web!"Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Receive your own crank!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Get a customized version of the product with the author's signature and a mention on the project's main website.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Get 5 sets of customized cranks to give out as gifts to your friends and family.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The creator of the project will come to your house or office and hand crank your first hour of browsing the web.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012