Lead: Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christopher Chung, Zhengrong Hu
Team: Pratyush Rustagi, Dylan Rzepka
Speakeasy is part of a series of sensors RAD-UM has been investigating in conjunction with CCS (Center for Computational Science) sensors which visualize and deliver data at the point of data collection. Inspired by Speakers’ Corner from the mid 1800’s as a traditional site for public speeches and debates and then re-imagined in Toronto as a television series which features numerous short segments on a variety of topics recorded from the general public in the form of rants, big-ups, shoutouts, jokes, music performances, etc. Speakeasy, records short sound bites from individuals standing directly under the lamp for 10 seconds. The recordings are then uploaded onto a website that allows visitors to playback these sound bites. Additionally, Speakeasy includes visual cues about its local environment. The downward spotlight blinks between red and white when recording sound bites, notifying users when the recording has begun. Speakeasy’s outer shell change colour from blue to red indicating the ambient noise levels of its surroundings; blue indicating a relatively quiet environment and red indicating a relatively loud environment. Showcased at eMerge 2018, it recorded the general “buzz” surrounding the conference.