Design For Protest: Pix, By Rona Binay and Willy Chan


Designed by Rona Binay and Willy Chan, Pix is a mini wireless video camera that allows for live-streaming of protest events. It provides the tools for citizen journalism and documents media for use over social networks. The front of the device features peel-able stickers of different textures and patterns, allowing the camera to camouflage itself in multiple environments. The back of the unit has layers of adhesive strips so that Pix can be reused multiple times. Unlike handheld, conspicuous handheld video cameras that demand one’s attention, “planting” the Pix device on a nearby vertical surface provides a kind of dependable, anonymous witness to events.

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Prior to the start of the project, Binay spent weeks in Turkey amidst the recent protests, and saw first-hand the powerful role of social media in documenting and disseminating live events. Smart phones and frictionless platforms turn participants in citizen journalists, but these devices are often confiscated by the police. (Further, when fleeing from police, hand-holding a phone is not practical.)

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Pix is a wireless camera that provides a live video feed video to a nearby paired computer with built-in in Wi-Fi, micro usb charging port, 8-hour battery life, and 720HD pixel quality lens. When there is no nearby computer, the device records to 4GBs of internal memory. Echoing the internet meme, the official motto of the Pix brand is “Pix or it didn’t happen.”

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