Switches designed to gross you out

Craft & Design Technology
Switches designed to gross you out

This recent installation by German artist Katrin Baumgarten’s consists…

…of 14 switches transformed in a disgusting way. Every time a switch is pressed, a virtual light-bulb on a screen is lighted up as a feedback for the test-person….I want to show that people are indeed both repelled and fascinated by the disgusting transformation of the switches.

Among other delights, there’s a switch that retreats into its enclosure when your finger approaches, a switch that extrudes a stream of snotty goo when pressed (and retracts it when released), and (my personal favorite) a hairy switch with a pilomotor reflex that makes the hairs stand up when you try to touch it. Squick! [via Hack a Day]

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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