Independent and distributed communication networks are at the core of the self-organized communities. Based on the idea of biological peer to peer networks, that explore how microorganisms like bacteria communicate and collectively act, we have built a human biofilm-like connectivity enhancer. “Biofilm.net” is an umbrella antenna that hacks an everyday use umbrella, turning it into a parabolic WIFI antenna that can extend the signal range for a mobile phone to join a network.
Besides covering, hiding and protecting the user, Biofilm.net helps them communicate. Depending on the adaptation, the umbrella can act as a repeater, as a complementary part of a "cantenna" or just as an extender of a WIFI antenna for a mobile phone or a computer.
In collaboration with Jung Hsu
Based in the tutorial by Andrew Mcneil:
Digital Class - UDK Berlin
Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä, Luiz Zanotello
Juan Manuel Anzola - Scientific advice
Lulu Hsieh - Scientific advice
Carlos Acosta - Conceptual advice
Manuel Orellana - Technical advice
ZKL - Technical advice
Brian Chang - Model