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Afrofuturistic Covert Surveillance

Published onDec 10, 2019
Afrofuturistic Covert Surveillance

Deja vu - covert surveillance device

Based on my SF world (Kenya 2107), living in present day Nairobi is a small faction of 500 people (the resistance) that are determined to reunite Kenya as one country.

Due to lack of resources, the current state of their land mimics a dystopian wasteland. They scavenge for materials and equipment for retrofitting that were abandoned in 2007 after the mass exodus. They have also identified secret entrances into the other districts to loot various technologies that they feel would be beneficial to them.

The leaders of the resistance are secretly plotting to attempt a coup to overthrow the juntas and destroy the district boundary walls. To assist with this plot, they have developed sophisticated covert surveillance technology as a means to capture intelligence from the districts.

One such technology is Deja vu, which is a device that captures and stores moments in time. These moments can then be played back and experienced by others. This device helps the resistance to collect important information as they infiltrate the districts.

Deja vu is comprised of an audio recording device that is embedded in an African headband.

My work is inspired by Afrofuturism and the movie Black Panther.


  1. Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit

  2. Electret Microphone Amplifier

  3. MicroSD card breakout board

  4. SD/MicroSD Memory Card

  5. Tactile Button Switch

  6. Hook-up Wire

  7. Breadboard

  8. Fabric

  9. Glue gun

  10. Soldering iron

Setup and Fabrication

My first step was to connect the microphone, button and MicroSD card board to the Feather using the appropriate pins.

Once I had completed connecting the physical components, I began to work on the code that would allow me to record and store audio files. When the button the pressed, an audio WAV file is recorded and stored in the microSD card until the button is released to trigger the end of the recording. By pressing the button again, the original WAV file is erased and a new one created.

The next step was to embed the components into the headband. I attached the microphone to the front of it using glue and the soldered the wires, which I then concealed by covering them with a piece of Ankara fabric.


Microphone attached to front of headband.

Wires concealed using Ankara fabric.

I also created housing for the electronic components to protect them.

Electronic components inside housing.

Electronic components inside housing.

Image of electronic components inside closed housing.

Final Product

Ati - comprised of a headband, audio recording components and housing.

Side view of headband

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