High frequency radio, Arduino board, laser, batteries, plywood, and ash wood
14 3/16 x 8 5/16 x 1 5/8" (36 x 21 x 4 cm)
The SMSlingshot marries the traditional weapon with digital technology, splattering information onto facades and other surfaces that then serve as public screens. The battery-powered device is a wooden slingshot with a display screen, keypad, and laser. Users can store and type text messages and then release the slingshot to blast them onto surfaces, where they appear within a splash of color and linger as long as the performers decide, and the text is tweeted at the same time. VR/Urban considers the SMSlingshot an intervention against increasingly commercialized urban space, which is thus reclaimed and occupied through virtual tags. The device fuses a prehistoric tool, vibrant urban art, and innovative technology into a product that encourages interaction, information, and empowerment in the city.