Aspire is a 1980’s style pop machine crossed over with a modern day self-checkout. It is 5 feet tall and approximately 4 feet wide, requiring a single outlet to run. Users are left with a shiver, a receipt, and a question: was it worth it? In our world, everything has a price and everybody makes sacrifices for materialism and status. Users are made to decide whether they are willing to scan a real organ for an expensive item on the vending machine. Aspire draws its influence from a news story about a 17 year-old boy, who sold his kidney for an iPad. The greater the need, the greater the sacrifice: would you give up a kidney?
Music: Ambient-M by Antony Raijekov (cc 2.5)
Ryerson New Media 4th Year Thesis (2013)
Conceptual, electronics, build, documentation by Cristal Sung with the support from professors and loved ones.
Hardware: Arduino, Thermal Printer, RFID, Arcade Buttons with LEDs, Microswitches, Fluorescent lights wired in Parallel
Showings: Meta 2013, MaxEx 2013
Disclaimer: Organs are preserved and sealed pig organs purchased from a grocery store