Sep 3, 2009

The World is My Web Browser: Interactive Technology in Public Spaces

Off-the desktop Interactive technologies are spreading quickly, across many platforms.   It seems that within the next 3-5 years we will be able to have instant access to a social and dynamic web, with information and entertainment at our fingertips, anywhere we go. 

The "world-as-web-browser" concept is one I've touched upon in the past.  I'd like to focus on this topic in future posts.

I came across some of the information in this post on the Future of Media Blog,maintained by the folks at
the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, based in California. This blog is a must-read!

The Saatchi & Saatchi ad agency in the UK created interactive games that provide people waiting in bus shelters the opportunity to pass the time by bashing digital falling eggs.

A more utilitarian approach to interactive touch screens is the EyeStop bus stop, a concept created by researchers MIT's SENSEable City Lab, along with the city of Florence and the city's transit service:

MIT researchers unveil the EyeStop: "Bus stop of the future" can sense its surroundings (pdf)


IPG Future of Media Blog


Unknown said...

hmmm, the eyestop looks very much like a Star Trek Holodeck arch...

Lynn Marentette said...

It might be a multi-purpose bus stop of the future. It looks like it could also serve as a transporter!