Sentry is an interactive speaker designed to nudge people out of their daily routine by bluntly presenting the ubiquitous and implicit social pressures around them. It invades personal space by hanging at head level, uses a motion sensor to detect when people walk nearby, flashes integrated LEDs to get attention, speaks authoritatively with dual integrated speakers, and retracts up and out of sight with a hidden winch system.
Implemented on the UC Berkeley campus, Sentry underscores our implicit submission to capitalist values–specifically those having to do with the technology industry of the Bay Area–by encouraging students to derive self-worth solely from their success in the tech scene. By plainly articulating strong, implicit social pressures, we hope to make students more aware of, and ultimately less susceptible to them.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2022
Felix de Rosen