London – You must be aware of Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying all internet activities around the world, but you never be think that innocent looking lamps are doing same thing too.
Yes it’s true that innocuous-looking light fixture could be capable of listening to what you say. Not only that, but it may also be live tweeting every single sentence.
This strange fact was recently come in light at an art exhibition in Manhattan when a lamp-turned-spy began covertly listening in on conversations.
The technology, unveiled yesterday, is the brainchild of New York-based Kyle McDonald and Brian House who wanted to make people think more about privacy issues in society.
The Conversnitch lamp can covertly listen in on conversations and then post them on Twitter.
The system only took a few hours to put together and cost less than $100 to make using off-the-shelf equipment.
This included a Raspberry Pi mini-computer, a microphone, an LED and a plastic flower pot. The device screws into a standard bulb socket from where it also draws power.
The system can upload any secretly captured audio via the nearest open Wi-Fi network, and sends it to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowd sourcing platform.