Backtalk - SENSEable City Lab MIT

What if our devices kept talking back to us after we disposed of them?

The Backtalk project asks this question and poses a solution.

Turning turned used laptops and other electronic devices into independent reporters that document their ‘second life’, sending  images and GPS co-ordinates from remote places.

The information they report back offers first-hand perspectives - glimpses into e-waste recycling villages, local thrift stores, public schools and libraries - that prompt a reflection on our society’s relationship with our electronic devices.

By collecting information from the devices Backtalk sets out to investigate one of today’s key unknown stories – that of global e-waste.

The project is currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects.

Keywords: E-Waste GPS QR codes SMART Electronics Tracking Data

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