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Toolkit for Human Offenders

How can a connected device enact social justice?

Though disruptive and impolite people are a nusaince, and at worst, can spoil a good day, few people are confrontational enough to address a stranger's bad behavior. Can a connected device demand social justice on our behalf? 

The Solution

The student team developed Toolkit for Human Offenders, a suite of products designed to respond to inconsiderate behavior.

Equipped with a range of tongue-n-cheek reactions, Toolkit for Human Offenders addresses a variety of social faux-pas behaviors like being too loud in a public quiet space, inappropriately disposing trash into recycling cans, and sending text messages or placing phone calls while under the influence.

One part IoT and one part social commentary, Toolkit for Human Offenders is a playful way to think about how we confront disruptive behavior. 


toolkit stay shushed device

Stay Shushed, Stupid

A solution to disruptive behavior in the library, movie theater, or office, "Stay Shushed, Stupid" will hush--and then scold--people who are being too loud in public quiet spaces, responding to intensified or prolonged levels of noise.  

toolkit trash can

The Trash Talk
To curb waste, "The Trash Talk" uses a sensor to respond to incorrect recycling activity. When the offender first drops some nonrecycable waste into the bin, the bin shakes and rattles. If they discard another piece of nonrecyclable trash, "Trash Talk" tips over, leaving the offender to clean up the mess with a more careful regard of recycling guidelines.

toolkit phone device

Drunk Dumdum Detector
To protect an inedbriated user from embarrassing themselves with calls or text messages, the "Drunk Dumdum Detector" locks the phone, where it can only be accessed by passing a breathalyzer test.