October 3, 2014

Somebody is Conversnitching



Wouldn't it be interesting if you could put a listening device in a lamp so that you could hear what your buddy down the hall was saying, or listen in on a conversation from the team that your competing against. Well now you can, with this fun little gadget known as the Conversnitch. It is a listening device that lives in a light bulb. Once it grabs some audio it puts the string into a format that can be posted to Twitter in real-time. Hilarious right? 
It is constructed from little more than a Raspberry Pi miniature computer, a microphone, an LED and a plastic flower pot. It screws into and draws power from any standard bulb socket. Then it uploads captured audio via the nearest open Wi-Fi network to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform, which McDonald and House pay small fees to transcribe the audio and post lines of conversation to Conversnitch’s Twitter account
Take a look at the video above and let me know what you think. I thought it was pretty entertaining myself. Just watching those guys put the lightbulb in so many different places and no one even tried to question what they were doing.

SourceConversnitch - http://www.wired.com/2014/04/coversnitch-eavesdropping-lightbulb/



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