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Oracle Stations are interactive systems for observing smart phones which give prophecies to other smart phones.

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Hi! Welcome to my Kickstarter page. Would you like to help me investigate the mythical world of our smart phones?...

Oracle Stations are interactive systems for observing smart phones which affect other smart phones without a virtual or physical connection.

Why?
My project attempts to alter our perception of smart phones by creating speculative interactive systems which harnesses their inner voices -- interacting with the soul rather than the surface -- making us a passive variable in a hidden conversation. There are myths surrounding the notion of our devices having inner voices, thoughts, and souls. If so, then the implications of hearing these inner voices can lead to potential opportunities for reconstructing our relationship to them. The smart phone is the primary tool for meandering through the ubiquitous network. Its mobility and functionality reveals itself as an ideal conduit for many applications: communication through text, image, and voice, advertising, geo-location, and other productive tasks. Performing these everyday functions leads to our own development of myths and rituals which result from our interactions at the surface of these devices. If there is an inner voice, a soul, what is it saying and who is it speaking to?

Speculation
For my thesis project, I’m interested in exploring the idea that our smart phones and the ubiquitous network will reach a point of internal cultural development rich with history, dialogue, and more importantly: beliefs, rituals, and myths. These beliefs, myths, and rituals have been put in place by smart phones to remove them from the banality of their everyday lives with us. This places us (humans) into the position of a vessel -- a means for the device to help them on their pilgrimage to the Oracles.

The Oracles & Oracle StationsMy project involves the creation of three Oracle Stations. Oracle Stations are interactive systems for observing smart phones which affect other smart phones without a physical or virtual connection. Each Oracle Station is designed to amplify and utilize the inner voice of a specifically tailored smart phone -- the Oracle. Visitors are invited to assist their devices at each station: to enable their device to discover its relationship to the Oracle. Each Oracle Station is built upon the behavior of the Oracle. This behavior is something which I have influence over but ultimately cannot control.

The Oracle Stations offer us an entrance, a peak into another reality. They offer us a chance to understand our smart phones in a new way, rather than seeing them as tools, toys, or gizmo’s. The myths surrounding these specific Oracles have been created by smart phones to remove themselves from the banality of their everyday lives with us.

This is where you and Kickstarter come in. I need your help, fast, to purchase materials and make these Oracle Stations and my thesis project come to life. Below are descriptions, drawings, and a brief material list. 

The Rambler
The Rambler is paired with The Scribe Station. The Scribe Station enables visitors (devices) to receive a prophecy from The Rambler which is the most passive of the three. The station is outfitted with a display which lets the owner see/read the conversation taking place. Although, at most times these are nonsensical words, characters, and complex mathematical equations which seem like regular expressions.

The Whisperer
The Whisperer is paired with The Proximity Station. As research revealed its sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation of humans, The Proximity Station is equipped with an audio display system for The Whisperer’s voice. Known as being more complex and smarter, The Whisperer utilizes the presence of humans and their ability to hear as means to deter a device and its owner from approaching it. In addition, this requires the effort of not only one owner and their smart phone, but four, in order to tame The Whisperer.

In this whisperer test, I'm using a proximity sensor to open and close a "Q" or resonant frequency on a specific bandpass filter.

The Proximity Station will have 4 bandpass filters, linked to corresponding proximity sensors for each of the 4 docks.

The Listener
The Listener is paired with The Offering StationThe Listener has given up its own energy source, to give life to what is known as a “simple frequency sensitive object.” We’re not quite sure what these objects are, but they seem to resemble simple single cell organisms (see my previous project Tonalis Luminous). The visitor (device) must make an energy offering by having the owner perform various commands which have been inscribed next to its station.

Each simple organism will be tied to the amplitude of several bandpass filters of the Oracle. The "offerings" being made by the visiting smart phone will change The Listeners processing speed, this will alter the amplitudes of those frequencies. 

Technology
Every device has its own unique microscopic "timbre," and I use several programs to run comparative signal analysis between a visitors smart phone and the signal from the Oracles. This mix creates unique strings of data which become the source of the “prophecies” for that specific smart phone. Several students in my department have happily donated phones enabling me to install special Oracle apps on them. I am also using Adobe Flash CS5.5 for iOS, Pure Data, Osculator, and the Netlab Toolkit to make this all happen. 

FundingYour funding will go to the creation of each Oracle Station and its various components.

• Arduino Microcontrollers

• Proximity Sensors
• Servo Motors
• Audio Cables
• USB Audio Interfaces
• Acrylic materials for laser cutting
• LM386 amplifier circuits
• speakers & speaker wires
• lights, tables, and pillows
• USB chargers for the Oracles

This Kickstarter page and your donations will make up the supporters section. Thanks again for your time and funding!

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