Desktop Sculpture Brings Tactility To Online Security

Desktop Sculpture Brings Tactility To Online Security
Design

THERO is a concept device made to give online encryption a physical presence

Leo Lutero
  • 23 may 2017

With increasing concerns over privacy and security online, services and platforms have emerged to make browsing safe again. That being said, most of these solutions have relied heavily on software and abstract interactions. THERO, a new concept hardware, changes that. The sculptural device makes the experience of safeguarding your online interactions akin to locking a doorknob.

The THERO is a desk furnishing. Prototypes, especially the one fashioned from cement, appear solid and vault-like. The creators Ramon Torre and Angeles Angulo chose a multi-sided geometric form to create an object that is simultaneously artistic and precious. They said that the shape is also reminiscent of talismans or idols, adding value above its material qualities.

Right now, the issue of private online browsing is crowded with jargon: HTTPS, Virtual Private Networks, SSL, and so on. These words turn safe browsing into an intimidating concept. Beyond just making the process less removed, THERO also simplifies the process. With just a turn, THERO routes all traffic through a TOR relay.

The TOR Relay is a highly controversial system of anonymizing the transfer of information through the internet. It is nicknamed the “Onion” because of its encryption that occurs through several layers, just the layers inside the vegetable.

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The creators used a Raspberry Pi 3, which comes with built-in Wi-Fi, to run the insides of THERO. The duo used Python scripts to program their own commands into the hardware.

For the distribution of the device, the creators suggest two versions. One would be a more exclusive, hand-crafted version from more complicated materials like cement. The second kind will be more available and manufactured by 3D printing.

Online security has once again become a major concern for the average user. Years of complacency reached an end when headline-grabbing breaches show just how big a problem it really is.

So far, no word yet on the availability of the THERO. For more information, visit the creator’s website here.

Ramon Torre

With increasing concerns over privacy and security online, services and platforms have emerged to make browsing safe again. That being said, most of these solutions have relied heavily on software and abstract interactions. THERO, a new concept hardware, changes that. The sculptural device makes the experience of safeguarding your online interactions akin to locking a doorknob.

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+online security
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