Russian artist Dmitry Morozov, also known as ::vtol::, doesn't consider himself an activist but does believe in the power of smart design to raise awareness of key issues.

He recently developed a prototype of a police truncheon dubbed The Antenna, which sends an SMS to the mother of the user when force is applied.

Morozov created the concept with the belief that even police care about what their mothers would think of their behavior.

The baton works by utilizing a piezoelectric element attached to a stick, which send a signal to an Arduino board, a small open-source computer.

The Arduino is connected to a global system for mobile communication module to a fixed telephone number which can't be changed.

This police truncheon texts officer's mother upon use. Image 1.

Morozov admits that the responses to the piece have been mixed, but he is looking to make the electronic hardware smaller, and streamline the design. 

All media: ::vtol::



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