Nicole He, Katherine Pan, and Chino Kim created the Soylent dick at the the Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon at NYU's ITP on Saturday.
It's a phallus made of Soylent food-substitute that ejaculates more Soylent when you publish praise for the product -- specific phrases from the product's unselfconsciously terrible release notes -- on your social media feeds.
To build the skeleton of the phallus, we made a hollow wire mesh frame and ran an aluminum tube through it. We made Soylent “flesh” by adapting a homemade play-doh recipe, and molded it around the frame. As a finishing touch, we dusted it with Soylent powder to keep it from sticking to surfaces. Via an assortment of rubber tubing and plastic straws, we connected one end of the aluminum tube to the pump, which rested in a tub of liquid Soylent.
The mantras the user has to type in the browser to trigger the ejaculation are all from the release notes that came with orders of Soylent 1.5.
We used Node to run a server that allowed for serial communication between the browser and Arduino. On Github, you can find the code for the project, as well as the recipe for Soylent Flesh.
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