Listening device planted in public locations posts straight to Twitter.

Eavesdropping is something that everyone does, but few will admit to. However, two artists decided to bring the popular pastime into the digital age, with a lamp that can listen in on conversations and post the juiciest details straight to Twitter. Kyle McDonald and Brian House created Conversnitch to raise the issue of privacy in a world where internet-connected mobile devices make it so easy to share other people’s secrets.

The device is extremely easy to build, comprised of a Raspberry Pi miniature computer, a microphone, an LED, and a plastic flower pot. It screws into any standard bulb socket, which not only disguises it, but also serves as a power source. “This is stuff you can buy and have running in a few hours,” McDonald, a 28-year-old adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, told Wired.

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