Wifi Dowsing Rod
Self Initiated Research Investigation
In 1992 a UN Report labelled work related stress as “The 20th Century Disease”. It can be no coincidence that as technological development accelerates, the pace of the modern life follows. The high tech terminology, the ultra small, ultra portable, metallic or white devices we carry around with us are, to the vast amount of consumers, simply baffling. In 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler dubbed this Future Shock – a psychological state caused by too much change in too short a period of time. The Wifi Dowsing Rod exists to rally against this.
Primitive technology works well as a foundation for a thin layer of complex technology built upon it. Originating in Germany during the 15th century, dowsing is a technique for searching for underground water, minerals or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally
a forked stick) in response to unseen influences. By basing the design for a wireless internet detector on century’s old technology, we experience an immediate affinity with the product, feeling less intimidated by the simple interface and natural materials.
The Wifi Dowsing Rod is merely one experiment as part of a long-term investigation into the phenomenon of Future Shock.