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Chronicle: A Contraband Voice Recorder

Chronicle is a contraband voice recorder disguised as a digital radio, intended to be sold in prisons.

It is an example of speculative design: its conceit is not to function as a marketable product, but instead to hijack the design language of marketed products available in prisons and to increase dialogue around the plight of the incarcerated. Hypothetically, a prisoner could use Chronicle to record him or herself speaking alone in their cell. In the event of a verbal or physical altercation with a correctional officer or inmate, he or she could activate Chronicle and utilise the recorder’s object camouflage to covertly capture audio that can be submitted as legal evidence in a courtroom. When available in the prison ecosystem, Chronicle seeks to increase dialogue around the plight of the incarcerated and address the struggle of all involved in the criminal justice system.

School of Visual Arts

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Chronicle: A Contraband Voice Recorder

Chronicle is a contraband voice recorder disguised as a digital radio, intended to be sold in prisons.

It is an example of speculative design: its conceit is not to function as a marketable product, but instead to hijack the design language of marketed products available in prisons and to increase dialogue around the plight of the incarcerated. Hypothetically, a prisoner could use Chronicle to record him or herself speaking alone in their cell. In the event of a verbal or physical altercation with a correctional officer or inmate, he or she could activate Chronicle and utilise the recorder’s object camouflage to covertly capture audio that can be submitted as legal evidence in a courtroom. When available in the prison ecosystem, Chronicle seeks to increase dialogue around the plight of the incarcerated and address the struggle of all involved in the criminal justice system.

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