Anuradha Reddy
(dr. - she/her)

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I am a postdoc researcher of design with a critical making practice via craftivisms, hardware hacks, and re-appropriation of data-driven technologies.





I am a postdoc researcher of design with a critical making practice via craftivisms, hardware hacks and re-appropriations of data-driven technologies. 


Research Workshop: Venetian Drawing Conversations

Research Pictorial: Drawing Conversations Mediated by AI



Research Pictorial: Exploring Kolam As An Ecofeminist Computational Art Practice



Open Hardware Project: BOOB-Factor Authentication in Banjara Embroidery



Open Hardware Project: Internet of Towels - Knotty Articulations




Open Hardware Project: Secure Your Home IoT with the CryptoCrochet-Key


Open Hardware Project: Make Your Own Resistor Cushion



Research Article: Making Everyday Things Talk


Research Workshop: More-Than-Human Design & AI


PhD Dissertation: Researching IoT Through Design

Research Workshop: Encountering Ethics In Data-Enabled IoT


Research Article: The Role of Participation in Designing For IoT


Book chapter: Feeling At Home with the Internet of Things


Research Article: Platform Ethics in Technology


Research Article: Where is the Interface?


Research Project: Thing (Data) Perspectives


Research Project: Ethnography of Open Street Mapping


Research Project: Living with a Smart Plug


Research Workshop: Subverting IoT Futures

Secure Your Home IoT with the CryptoCrochet-Key 🧶🔐


The CryptoCrochet-Key is part ‘hack’ and part ‘pedagogical device’ that defamiliarizes existing computational practices (learning code) from an intersectional feminist lens. Using a handy yarn named ‘Crypto’, I encrypt a physical key through crochet and then teach a computer to recognize the crocheted key using Machine Learning. This project is created to be inclusive and empowering for those skilled in other ways than traditional programmers and to show how their skills can contribute to a critical discussion of data-driven technologies—i.e. by putting the tech to radically different uses.

Here you will find a link to the 3 part tutorial to the CryptoCrochet-Key. It begins with instructions for making the key and then moves to the Machine Learning part of the project. The final part shows how to run the CryptoCrochet-Key Machine Learning model securely on a Raspberry Pi 4.

An academic article on CryptoCrochet-Key is under review (TBD).  

The image below is a screenshot from the hacker news platform hackster.io which originally covered this project.