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17th Century Meets 21st: The WiFi Dowsing Rod

17th Century Meets 21st: The WiFi Dowsing Rod
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Nature, superstition and technology blend in an artist's wireless internet detector.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
  • 11 october 2011

Eindhoven-based artist Mike Thompson has simplified the search for wireless internet access with his latest project, the WiFi Dowsing Rod. The design is based on centuries-old superstitions about dowsing, the search for valuable minerals and water underground using sticks. Thompson’s project actually works though, being a fully functional wireless internet detector, and is participating in the MoMA’s current ‘Talk To Me’ exhibition.

Thompson on the idea behind the WiFi Dowsing Rod:

Today’s technology advances at such a speed that consumers are often left in awe of it all. The high tech terminology, the ultra small, ultra portable, metallic or white devices we carry around with us are, to the vast amount of consumers, simply baffling.

The WiFi Dowsing Rod aims to work against this. By basing the design for a wireless Internet detector on century’s old technology, the user feels immediately at home with the product, whilst feeling less intimidated by the simple shape and natural materials.

Mike Thompson

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