This Coffee Shop Was Built to Repel WiFi and Cell Reception
You might get annoyed when you sit down in a cafe and find that there’s no free WiFi.
Well, this Canadian coffee shop was definitely not for you, then: The entire coffee shop was built to actually repel and jam cellphone signals, making it clear that neither laptops nor smartphones were welcome inside.
Put that in your latte and sip it.
Faraday Café in Vancouver was the first coffee shop in the world to try to pull off this wireless tech “black hole.” Its creator, Julien Thomas, told Fast Company, “I think the proliferation of digital technology like smartphones has happened so fast that we haven’t really had a chance to have a conversation about the etiquette or the ethics around their use.”
As an art project, Thomas teamed up with a nearby architectural firm to develop the idea of installing a Faraday cage around the cafe. This type of cage creates a static electrical field around everything and anyone inside it, keeping any wireless signals outside. The team also spent some time working out the aesthetics of the cafe, trying to avoid the look of a chicken coop.
Open for just a couple of weeks in July, Thomas’ hope was to help people feel what casual life without a constant Internet connection would be like. He even encouraged his coffee drinkers to write their thoughts on their paper cups, with one reporting he felt he could “think better.”
Better than your name, misspelled. (faradaycafe/Instagram)
Gimmicks like “No cellphones” signs inside restaurants have been spreading in recent years, though actually employing anti-cellphone technology is a novel approach. Well, at least the legal and consensual means of doing so is a novel approach.