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Rob Dyke on Wed, 18 Jun 2008 16:18:15 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> RealSnailMail

The world's only webmail service using snails - RealSnailMail: email delivered
by snails. Or not delivered: there is not only no guarantee as to when the
email will arrive in the recipient's inbox, but no guarantee that it will ever

Researchers in Computer Art at Bournemouth University have devised a "slow art"
project in order to make us think about the ubiquity of electronic
communications and questions of speed, and, more broadly, question our thinking
about communication.

A small community of land snails Helix Aspersa are each equipped with a small
glass capsule attached to its shell. The capsule contains a tiny chip and coil
antenna that can be activated by a reader at a range of 3 cm. Purpose built
readers that provide a link between the snails and the server allowing the
snail to collect and deposit packets of information are in development


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