Conversnitch: The Eavesdropping Lamp that Tweets what You Say

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Built by artists Kyle McDonald and Brian House, Conversnitch is the new device that records, transcribes and tweets your “private” conversations on Twitter in real time.

The small device is made using nothing more than a raspberry pi computer, a microphone, an LED light and a plastic flower pot and screws into any standard light fixture.

Conversnitch records blurbs from your conversation and streams them, using the nearest open Wi-Fi network, to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a virtual marketplace for human intelligence tasks (HITs), where the recordings get transcribed and tweeted onto the World Wide Web for everyone to see.

The artists say the technology is comparable to the NSA’s surveillance approach, except they won’t publish your conversations online (thankfully).

You can see more examples of tweeted conversations here. The video below shows how easy it is to install Conversnitch in just about any location. So be careful what you say.—you never know who’s listening.

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