Steffen Fielder has designed vintage kinetic machines that enable you to tell little white lies to sensors.

The increasing ubiquity of smartphones creates a scenario where every consumer peripheral potentially becomes a rich source of sensor data. These networked devices provide context-specific data (such as GPS location or accelerometer data) about our actions and are seen as a means by which our day to day lives can be made easier. Facilitating this easy life will be accomplished by data mining our information trails to better anticipate the our future tastes and actions.

For those of us wary of the surveillance undertones of this vision, Steffen Fielder’s wonderfully old school contraptions will be a welcome sight. As part of T-Mobiles “e-Etiquitte” project she designed machines which deliberately fool context aware devices and services. By cranking the handle of one device (pictured above):

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