Portable Bug

Portable Bug (2003), by Ben Woodeson, “is the next generation in self-sufficient solar powered bugging devices” which can piggyback wireless networks to connect to the internet for free.


Portable Bug is inspired by the trolleys used by buskers on the Paris Metro where an amp and a speaker are built onto a wheeled trolley making them totally portable in urban areas. But instead of emitting sound into its environment, “Portable Bug” captures sound and video and makes them freely accessible on the internet and hence transforming mass entertainment into mass surveillance.

Via network research.

Related: Life, a user’s manual by Michelle Teran and Jonah Brucker-Cohen’s Wifi-hog.