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Swipe your credit card and get rewarded with a satisfying bell and glowing blue light. This is a prototype I built to test a concept I’m working on that challenges people notions of personal information. The card swipe strikes a bell that is reminiscent of manual cash registers. This was unplanned but an interesting plus that I’ll pull through to the next version.

Visceral Credit Card Reader from Carissa Carter on Vimeo.

Close-up section of electromagnet. When engaged by the card reader the magnet pulls the two portions of the bell together, completing the circuit that turns on the blue light and also ringing the bell.