Friday, April 1, 2011


How much can you do with 40¢?

Apparently a whole lot when you're Lea Bertucci and Ed Bear. This Brooklyn-based artist/engineer team got creative with a now-obsolete piece of technology, the iTrip. Back in 2005, the 1st generation iTrip was a semi-popular FM radio transmitter created for an Apple Nano iPod that is no longer manufactured.

The iTrip's guts

Lea and Ed have found a way to use this once $49.99 (now they can be found on eBay for a mere 40¢) piece of technology for creative and thoughtful artworks. "An express goal of this project is to empower artists with diverse technical and creative backgrounds to create works using radio," share Lea and Ed. "This constitutes a social experiment and community building exercise that documents creative responses to a common tool. How can we, as artists, thinkers, hackers and designers break the cycle of electronic waste that is perpetuated by planned obsolescence and bad design?"

Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 1:00-4:00pm for a special ExiTrip workshop to learn how to make your very own hacked low power transmitter. Not only will you learn how to hack an iTrip (yup, you'll be using a soldering iron), you'll get to take it home with you and brag to all your friends.

How to Hack the iTrip from Lea.

Mattress Factory
Saturday, April 16, 2011
$15 ...and you keep your hacked iTrip
(Space is very limited, so register online now.)

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