Public interactives Digest

By annebalsamo | Emergent Media, New Technologies, and the transformation of human experience in urban spaces.

Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: It’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank treads and has a soft rubbery face and hands.<p>The robot has complete vision routes that can scan for faces and it has a sort of …

Robotics

Experiments in museum tech: Framework and lessons

Augmented reality recreates a New York City not seen for centuries

If you’re looking to <i>augment</i> your walking tour of New York, but you grew tired of catching pokémon, shooting zombies, and hiding virtual graffiti, …

Augmented Reality

Building A Smart City? 10 Big Priorities Government Leaders Should Focus On

The internet of things (IoT) has given rise to the smart home and smart office, with automated, internet-controlled devices like thermostats, security systems and connected home speakers. Now, urban areas around the world are investing in IoT to create smart cities, which are designed to improve …

Smart Cities

AR Is Transforming Tech. What Can It Do for Cities?

If it isn’t already there, augmented reality is coming to a device near you. Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.<p>As today’s cities look for better ways to use the troves of new data at their disposal, augmented …

Augmented Reality

New York Today: Getting a Subway Ad

Updated, 7:58 a.m.<p><i>Good morning on this so-so Thursday.</i><p>If you’re reading this on the subway, perhaps you’re sitting (or squished like a sardine) near an ad.<p>Maybe for a mattress.<p>Or tampons.<p>Or a divorce lawyer.<p>Or college.<p>For a transit system with about 5.6 million daily riders — an audience of 11 …

New York State

Why Google's Toronto 'Smart City' Project Is Running Into Hefty Local Resistance

A project headed up by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and aimed at creating a “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront, is facing stiff …

Smart Cities

Why You Are A Part Of Hyperlocal Data

There’s data and there’s big data along with lots of other types of data, we know that part already. As much as this swirling vortex of data is headed skywards into the vast expanses of the cloud and the endless undefined morass of the data lake, it is actually the smaller and more granular …

Smart Cities

Coney Island boardwalk will host ‘musical architecture’ installation

The interactive multi-level installation illustrates how houses can be “played as instruments”<p>Nonprofit art organization New Orleans Airlift is bringing their New Orleans-based public art project, Music Box Village, on tour through a new exhibition called <i>Porch Life</i> and this weekend, the interactive …

Coney Island

50 NYC Outdoor Art Installations Not to Miss in August 2018

It might be the last moth of summer already, but August has the largest variety of outdoor art installations yet this year (in our opinion), with …

San Francisco

LORINC: Waterfront Toronto gets tough with Sidewalk Labs

In a striking move that marks a clear change in the relationship between Waterfront Toronto (WT) and Sidewalk Labs, officials with the tri-level …

Smart Cities

How Lane Tech Students are Using IoT to Drive Real-World Sensor Initiatives

From remote controlled water pumps to light switches, learn how these students are using sensors to build IoT applications.<p>Students at Lane Tech High …

Internet of Things

Texas Cities Want Millennials Living Downtown. So What's With All The Highways To The Suburbs?

As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents …

Urban Design

What I Learned About Experience Design From Buckminster Fuller

Edwin Schlossberg, president and principal designer of ESI Design, shares how his directorship of Fuller’s World Game continues to shape his …

Design

Stéphane de Gérando to stage projection mapping on Azadi Tower

TEHRAN – The French composer and multimedia artist Stéphane de Gérando is scheduled to stage a projection mapping performance on Tehran’s Azadi Tower …

Tehran

Urban world: The future of the smart city

Cities are getting more crowded. Already, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas and this number is expected to increase to two …

Smart Cities

Shooting stars on demand: Tokyo-based start-up plans 2020 meteor shower

A Japanese start-up developing “shooting stars on demand” says it will be ready to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower in a …

Artificial Intelligence

Japanese Art Installation Lets Visitors Step Into a Living Dream World

Japanese digital art collective teamLab is known for creating epic digital art installations that immerse viewers and bring dream-like experiences to life. Their latest project, <i>teamLab Planets TOKYO</i> in Toyosu, presents a number of the collective’s best “body immersive” works, spanning across a …

Art

LACMA debuts its 'Solar Reserve,' a digital sculpture addressing energy conservation

It seems appropriate that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would debut “Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014” on the heels of a record breaking heat wave. John Gerrard’s installation, which opened to the public July 12, is a digital simulationof asolar thermal power plantin theNevada desert,and …

Solar Thermal

Amazon, Alibaba And Nike All Point To The Next Innovation In Retail: Personalized Physical Spaces

Last week I wrote a piece entitled, “Amazon Go Means Goodbye Status Quo.” <i></i>The piece not only heaped praise on Amazon but also highlighted how Amazon Go, over the long-run, is about far more than the mere buzzwords of “checkout-free shopping.” The thesis is that if one studies Amazon Go closely, he …

eCommerce

Empowering citizens: experts predict the future of our urban cities [sponsored]

by Futurism July 13, 2018 Future Society 158<p>No single person holds the keys to progress when it comes to our future cities. It’s truly going to take …

Discover NYC’s Never Built Architecture on the LinkNYC Kiosks

Ever wondered about the New York architecture that almost was? LinkNYC, the network of kiosks around the city that supplies free wifi, free phone …

Some Women Say Body-Shaming Billboard In Times Square Has Got To Go

<b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –</b> In a city full of electric, eye-catching advertisements, one controversial billboard is turning heads in Times Square.<p>The …

'We Still Are A Blank Canvas': Rethinking Dallas' Urban Identity As The City Grows

Dallas’ web of interstates and highways transformed the city in the 1960s, allowing people and families to prioritize cars and spread out. But …

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM

Entrance Tickets are SOLD OUT for today. <br>*There will be no Entrance Tickets sold at the door. <br>Maintenance for “Forest of Lamps” has finished. <br>Odaiba, …

Tea House

A global guide to queuing philosophies, from Wimbledon to São Paulo

Queuing is global, but the way we stand in line depends on where—and who—we are.<p>The UK, a country that prides itself on its orderly queuing, is home to one of the most famous queues in the the world, The Queue (proper noun, mind you). At Wimbledon’s annual two-week tennis tournament, this iconic …

São Paulo

Creepy Mister Softee LinkNYC Jingle Nightmare Enters Month Three

In May, several readers noticed that a creepy-as-hell, slowed down version of the Mister Softee jingle had been playing through some LinkNYC kiosks …

The Lantern LED Tower Brings Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Architecture into the 21st Century

The centerpiece of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre rejuvenation is a 50-foot high transparent LED media facade customized and designed by ClearLED. …

News: Niantic Reveals Augmented Reality Platform for Multiplayer Gaming & Interaction with Real World Objects

Location-based gaming pioneer Niantic has offered a preview of its augmented reality cloud platform that could change the immersive content game yet …

Augmented Reality