Created by Saurabh Datta (automato), Poetic Router is a project that investigates the potential of the everyday manufactured IoT platforms beyond what is commonly discussed. Whereas most concerns of IoT are focused on security since every "Chip-‘ed" device is hackable and can be jacked and modded remotely. Poetic Router explores network transmission as a way to generate poetry by scraping the data found on the server links.
In a house, a router is potentially a small micro-computer - compiled with a, sometimes closed, set of firmware in an operating system. At both hardware and software level it is optimised to do specific tasks of networking and routing internet traffic and thus at a decision level of design, it was optimised for just those tasks. But given an access and procedural set, it is capable of doing similar tasks as a single chip computer. From one perspective these attributes can be and recent history forsakes, has been compromised. In certain cases the vulnerabilities has been used to loop back some information from and to the users. These all has been done through closed firmware applications on existing manufactured pieces of software and hardware packages.
Created by Automato, ‘Objective Realities’ is an installation and performance that explores the idea of how does it feel to be an object in a smart home. It includes a series of VR experiences that change the perspective from a human point of view to the one of an object, inviting users to see and act in a virtual smart home with the capabilities and limitations of a specific object and listen to the invisible chatter that happens between networked things and the home.