During the protests the role of social media in documenting and disseminating live events is powerful. Smart phones and frictionless platforms turn participants in citizen journalists, but these devices are often confiscated by the police. (Further, when fleeing from police, hand-holding a phone is not practical.)
Pix is a mini wireless video camera that allows for live-streaming of protest events. It provides the tools for citizen journalism and documents media for use over social networks. The front of the device features peel-able stickers of different textures and patterns, allowing the camera to camouflage itself in multiple environments. (i.e. textures of street walls). The back of the unit has layers of adhesive strips so that Pix can be reused multiple times. Unlike handheld, conspicuous handheld video cameras that demand one’s attention, “planting” the Pix device on a nearby vertical surface provides a kind of dependable, anonymous witness to events.
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Designed by Rona Binay and Willy Chan
Suggested reading: Turkey's Social Media And Smartphones Key To 'Occupy Gezi' Protests