Low Tech Communication: Morse Code + Umbrellas
To develop a long distance communication system that is capable of sending messages at a distance of 600 yards or greater without relying on any electronic components.
Larissa and Carolina
2 Morse code reference sheets
Participants will use umbrellas to generate visual Morse code as a means of communication. For the purpose of the experiment Morse code will be translated as follows:
Closed Umbrella = Dot
Open Umbrella = Dash
Inverted Umbrella = Space to signify a new letter
Materials are easily obtainable and are low in cost
Umbrellas are durable and can withstand a variety of weather conditions
Can be a very slow means of communication
High winds may cause umbrella to turn inside out
This means of communication was somewhat effective. The main problem we encountered was a need to practice beforehand to make sure that we understood what our roles were to be.