Artist Ashok Sukumaran's most recent work for Sun Labs debuted last weekend in San Jose, Calif. The exhibit, called "Park View Hotel," took place in Cesar Chavez Park and the adjacent Fairmont Hotel. With the use of Sun Labs' Sun Spots (small programmable object technology), or wireless sensor technology, Sukumaran attempted to illuminate the virtual world of surveillance.
By pointing an infrared beam at a nearby hotel, passers-by in a local park could activate sensors inside hotel rooms up to 200 feet away, and cause them to light up and change the surrounding environment.
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