Hacking Arts

Saturday Sept 28, Astrodime introduced new products at a conference on art and entrepreneurship held at the MIT media lab and hosted by the Sloan School.

We collected new Apps and accessories for the iCAN, demoed our products, and stepped up our marketing with the Astrodime Electronic and Tin Can Marching band.





Bike Stencil paintings!

Here’s a little DIY from AstroDime Transit Authority member sam smiley. Somerville Massachusetts is a great biking community, and smiley took pictures of the bike stencils which are everywhere throughout Somerville. Then she made stencils out of them and created Bike Stencil paintings! A lot of inspiration for this project has been from a wonderful book called Stencil Nation.

Here’s a link to this amazing book:



iCAN development in Mexico, Parte Dos

Here are the inventions of the various “startup groups” who are working on iCAN apps and accessories in Mexico City. AstroDime members are carefully considering these proposals, and we will post the winning proposals on our research page. At the bottom of the page is our “request for proposals”

“No Name Inc.”

Don’t know who is in this group.

1) sticker for any map of a subway in the world (app)
2) app with pen and post-it (app)
3) A little bell attached to the iCAN to show you the new calls (app)
4) Interchangable cans with different colors and designs (accessory)
Another group with no name
(Don’t know who is in this group)
1) ReciclArte (con Lupa, GPS, Agenda, y T.P.)
“Sobreviviendo con tu iCAN”
[Ilana what does that mean?]
Another group with no name:

1) iCAN study (APP)
-repeat ALOUD an interesting sentence of your homework
-repeat what you listen
-repeat what you listen
-repeat what you listen

2) iSOLO:
-Just hum your favorite song
-make sure your voice is sweet
-if your ear hurts, you are making it bad. If you just fall in love with yourself, record your song and be famous.
“Wissard Company”
(don’t know who is in it)
tells your fortune
“Gato Ruso”
Tania X. Enriquez Jiménez
Norma Briseño Urbina
Paola E. Nieto Paredes
Eugenia B. Sánchez N. Rubalcaba

1)iStalk (you can spy on your friends)
2) iCanMusic (amplify your music through your iCAN!)
3) iBolsa (make your iCAN portable with all of your apps. (Accessory)

“Can Trap Software Development: Making everyday life more practical”
Andrea Nuñez
Valeria Vasquez
Ana Mirales
1) App Retro Calculator: it is an abacus you can incorporate into your iCAN
2) App Radio Can: you can listen to all your favorite music, FM radio, etc. just turn one end of the iCAN and approach it to the speaker
3) App Earthquake alert: if you need to be protected from natural disasters. This app can help you detect earthquakes on time. You just fill your iCAN with water and if you see the surface shaking you know you have to protect yourself.
(Don’t know who is in this group)
1) Two people can speak together with their iCANs right next to each other. So that these two people seem like they talk to each other but they talk alone. The objective is to demonstrate that people don’t listen to each other, only to themselves. [Note: We suggested a magnet so that both iCANS would stick together)

2) iFondo
“Soul of the Party”. People can drink a “fondo” of beer in one can.

3) iSleep or iDuermo
If you want to sleep on the Metro, with iCAN you can. You stretch it out, put one end on your knees, and rest your chin on the other side, and then you can fall into a deep dream.

“iKit Store”
Daniella Castro R.
Laura Castellanos

Note: this is primarily accessories

-iChain: keep your iCAN wherever you go
-iMirror: if you always want to look pretty buy this accessory (note, i think it is software -sam)
-iSpeaker: Say aloud your thoughts
-iWatch: straps on to the iCAN. For being on time.
-iDrinking Barrel: use it as a straw!
-iSpy: get noticed of the recent gossip
-iHelium: use helium balloons and listen to your amazing words and then listen to your mouse voice
-iCaps: transform your iCAN into a thermos of your favorite beverage

“Loser Corp”
Introducing the iSmoke. Weed and smoke on one side, infinite happiness on the other.

HERE IS ASTRODIME’S ORIGINAL RFP (request for proposals)

iCAN development in Mexico

In April, AstroDime Think Tank Operator sam smiley went to a class at Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, in Mexico City. The class is called Problemas contemporáneos y nuevas tecnologías en el arte, or “Contemporary problems and new technologies in art” and it is taught by professor Ilana Boltnivik.

La Profesora

First, sam introduced AstroDime’s “Party Line” to the class.

Ligna de la Fiesta

Then sam showed some astrodime videos and students divided into “Startup Company” groups to propose new apps and accessories for the iCAN. Inventions are in the next post.

CanTrap software Development, Inc.

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

iKit Store (with another missing person)

Loser, Corp.

Beyond Yosemite

Astrodime members sam smiley, Bebe Beard, and KumaLisa attended a talk of a group who shares the same spirit as AstroDime with respect to their performances and research. It was part of an MIT Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History. The talk was called “Beyond Yosemite! A Three-part Guide to Reimagining the American Landscape” Jenny Price, of the “Los Angeles Urban Rangers” and a research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women posed these questions:

“How are artists reimagining widespread and historically powerful iconic American landscape images? How do they challenge these images to envision nature not as an unpeopled refuge but as places we inhabit? I look at three kinds of art works: paintings and photographs that comment on well-known images; participatory public art events that act out new understandings of landscape; and a project, on the L.A. River (think Grease, Terminator 2), that reimagines a landscape by literally remaking it.”

Here is their truly awesome web site.:

MIT7 iCAN user survey: Question 1

Based on a user survey on the iCAN, here are the preliminary results. This survey was conducted at the MIT7 conference on Saturday May 14, 2011. This is Question 1.

QUESTION 1: If you had an iCAN (TM), how often would you use it and what would you use it for?

Only as often as necessary

I’d use it to sing to myself and test my own reaction to my lectures. I’d use it several times a day. (5 to 10 times)

At least once a day for meditating on difficult problems.

Secret meetings with myself.

During lent for confession.

I do wish I had a pipe-based trans-home communication system.
Control of personal soundscape

Often, for whispering sweet nothings at my neighbors who shout back and forth at each other across the street. (Quiet by example)

I don’t think I would use it.

Once in a while, not very often.

Looks like it has multiple uses -a quick plumbing solution -2nd communications, after all has a lot in common with plumbing.

Very frequently

Frequently unknown confidential conversation.

Testing quality, timbre or my own voice.

I mean, I can’t imagine a time during the day when I wouldn’t be using the

I’ll use it always as a necklace, and would be able to communicate all the time.

Once a week at parties.

All the time for everything.

MIT7 iCAN user survey: Question 2

Based on a user survey on the iCAN, here are the preliminary results. This survey was conducted at the MIT7 conference on Saturday May 14, 2011. This is Question 2.

QUESTION 2: What would be your preferred network for use of the iCAN (TM)?
I could build my own network.

Network for anything.

At lunch time when I could also use as A can.

My voice 4g.

Would mostly use it myself.

The network of one. (I love the battery life.)

Listening to my own voice. Museums.


Not AT&T, calls would be dropped. True story. AT&T told me my Internet was out because birds and squirrels chew wires for the electrical shocks to stay warm.

The social.

The Nashville network.

Spy network.


Around campus to have students record their feelings in real time about what they do and see around campus.


MIT7 iCAN user survey: Question 3

Based on a user survey on the iCAN, here are the preliminary results. This survey was conducted at the MIT7 conference on Saturday May 14, 2011. This is Question 3.

QUESTION 3: What accessories do you suggest would be useful for the iCAN (TM)?. What are your favorite colors?

Little boxes. Rose, blue, violet.

Blue accessories. Blue

I like black and blue colors. A recording device to record talks and thoughts for later replay.

The Ican open source CanOpener. Software hacking package.

Purple. It could have a pinhole camera.

A lanyard hook for mobile accessories. My favorite color is blue (tooth)

Metallic. More iPhone like.

A larger can or (can shaped bucket) to carry it in. a can cozy (quilted rooster shaped) A perpetual motion machine. A mobile made out of other cans that a group of people could stand under and talk into.


Blue. Clock timer.

Definitely white. (Smudges might also be a nice touch.)

Belt clip.

I would like to have some amplification capabilities. Any fashion enhancement would be good. Bright colors.

Green maybe the color of preference nowadays.

Soft grip-pod lining around the PVC piping.

Favorite color: red. But why not a device that change the color according to your humor?

Neon green. Ican covers in all colors.

Transparent and yellow.

MIT7 iCAN user survey: Question 4

Based on a user survey on the iCAN, here are the preliminary results. This survey was conducted at the MIT7 conference on Saturday May 14, 2011. This is Question 4.

QUESTION 4: Can you suggest any apps you would like to see developed for the iCAN (TM)?


Fax. Wouldn’t it be so cool to be able to sands print transmission through our phone lines.

I think I already answered.

Can I? I can! Neoprene sleeves please.

IPhone holder.

Not really. I think you tapped the main possibilities.

/recording device.


Rustproofing app. Re-canning app for packaging and transmitting preserves.

No apps! Resist application. Or apps that track my period menstrual cycle.

Net hack.

Angry birds.


An amplifier to make the sounds louder and a stress meter to measure the stress in the voice of the speaker.

The Future is Now: smartCANS in the 21st Century

The Future is NOW!

smartCANS in the 21st century.
TRADE SHOW and Conference

Bannister Gallery
Rhode Island College
Providence Rhode Island

Keynote Speech by Mitchell K. Ahern,
Chairman of the International iCAN Developer’s Association

His speech will take place via SKYPE at 6PM EST

AstroDime Telecommunications Company is sponsoring a TRADE SHOW and demonstration of cutting edge TIN CAN technology.
Based on consumer response, we will premiere our iCAN version, with new improved performance and optional interactivity. In addition, using only the most intelligent of our smartCANS and the faster than sound speed of our 2G network, consumers will be able to beta test ENHANCED ™ tin can phone calls via our Party Line, for the latest in social networking.

We are honored to have Mitchel K. Ahern
Chairman of the International iCAN Developer’s Association
as our Keynote speaker.
his Keynote Speech:  “iCAN is the Platform on Which We Will Build the Future”

Mitchel K Ahern, Chairman of the International iCAN Developers Association

Mitchel has been in digital marketing and communications for a very long time with titles like SYSOP, Webmaster, Digital Media Producer, Product Manager and Director of Communications for companies such as One to One Interactive, Eastern Acoustic Works, and currently Cantina. He’s worked with clients such as Aegon, Royal Caribbean and UPS to develop apps for both consumers and in the B2B space. He writes for industry publications such as iMedia Connection and speaks at various industry events, most recently leading a panel at the Direct Marketing Associations DMA2010. Mitchel also has extensive experience with non-profit trade organizations as Vice President of the Webmasters Guild and chairman of the Association of Internet Professionals with over 33 international chapters. In his current role as Chairman of the International iCAN App Developers Association Mitchel is responsible for coordinating the efforts towards establishing a coherent and consistent iCAN user experience, promoting accessibility, and establishing professional development opportunities for the larger iCAN technical community.