TV Predator

Designer | Artist Troika
Year 2003

When TV came along, photos, paintings and other artsy objects that people hang on the walls of their homes quickly became ignored in favor of that wonderful glowing box. But did anyone ever stop to think about how that made a lot of those household objects feel? The designers at Troika did, and to put some power back in the hands of the picture frame they came up with the TV Predator concept.

Instead of just hanging on the wall, looking all depressed because it’s being ignored, thanks to modern technology the TV Predator can finally fight back against the TV by randomly changing the channels, adjusting or muting the volume, turning them on and off at all hours of the day and doing everything it can to turn the homeowner against the boob tube. The concept was created to examine the idea that advances in AI and technology could eventually give older electronics the ability to get jealous and strike back against newer products designed to replace them. Kind of like the Futurama episode “Obsoletely Fabulous” where Bender was replaced by Robot 1-X.