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These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers

Five years ago, nobody would have mistaken Detroit’s stoplights for being “smart.” They were so obsolete, in fact, that city transportation officials …

Urban Design

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future

As cities get smarter, they are becoming more livable and more responsive—and today we are seeing only a preview of what technology could eventually …

Smart Cities

The Warren Centre | Driverless ride-sharing coming to a city near you?

Start-up computer software company, Drive.ai will launch an autonomous ride-share pilot program in Frisco, Texas and plans for its initials trials to …

For a Much-Needed Win, Self-Driving Cars Should Aim Lower

More than a month after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street in Arizona, it’s still not clear what sort of failure …

Bus countdown clocks coming to some LinkNYC kiosks

The feature launched today on 29 kiosks in Brooklyn<p>Some of New York’s LinkNYC kiosks will act as de facto countdown clocks for the city’s bus system. As of today, 29 Link kiosks in Brooklyn began displaying realtime information for busses up to one-third of a mile from their location, Crain’s …

Why Smart City Failed

and why we should embrace that<p>The “smart city” vision may sound futuristic, but it is <b>based on the legacy urban planning ideals</b>. Emerging technologies …

The spectrum of control: A social theory of the smart city | Sadowski

<i>Jathan Sadowski</i><p>Jathan Sadowski is a PhD candidate in the "Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology," in the Consortium for Science, …

Smart Cities

A wish list for an autonomous future

Learning from today’s car-centric cities for a human-centered future of mobility<p>2050 is likely to be a defining year: more than three quarters of the …

Ridesharing

Connecting the Smart City

American Tower and Philips Lighting are co-developing a smart pole that delivers wireless network coverage and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Smart Cities

For Spokane, being a smart city starts with a better way to measure air quality

A technician installs a new air quality sensor as part of Spokane's Smart and Connected Streetlights Pilot. (Urbanova)<p>As part of its smart city …

Smart Cities

The Next User You Design For Won’t Be A Human

Welcome to the age of Centaur Design.<p>The era of human-centered design is coming to an end. That’s because the next user you design for won’t be human at all. It will be a human-machine hybrid built to do more than any person or computer could accomplish alone. Welcome to the age of Centaur …

Let's talk about design portfolios – UX Collective

What we look for when we (don't) hire designers<p>As member of a multidisciplinary design team that's always hiring, evaluating design portfolios is a …

"Self-driving cars are the answer. But what is the question?"

<b>Opinion:</b> after five cyclists die on London roads in nine days, Dan Hill asks whether driverless cars would make our roads safer, or whether …

Technology Is the Answer, but What Was the Question?

The late British architect, academic and critic Cedric Price was once quoted as saying "technology is the answer, but what was the question?"<p>That he …

Cities Cannot Be Reduced To Just Big Data And IoT: Smart City Lessons From Yinchuan, China

YINCHUAN – Cities are like Tolstoy’s families: each messed up in its own way. The new challenges urban conglomerates have to face and how to better address them were the main topics of discussion at the Smart City in Focus conference which took place in Yinchuan (China) a couple of weeks ago.<p>If for …

Little UI Details

Adding a subtle shadow to white text when on a bright background not only makes it more legible but helps it 'pop' more.pic.twitter.com/p9rudeFxvP<p>7 …

20 Typography Rules Every Designer Should Know

Good typography is the difference between amateur and professional design. It arouses the user’s interest and ensures that your message gets read. …

The designer's guide to Gestalt Theory

In the 1920s, a group of psychologists in Germany developed a series of theories of visual perception. The Gestalt principles – or Gestalt Theory, as …

Tips for Icon Usability

<b>Summary:</b> 6 UX guidelines to ensure that your users recognize your icons and know what they mean.<p>Related Article: Icon Usability<p>A user’s understanding …

Wireflows: A UX Deliverable for Workflows and Apps

<b>Summary:</b> Wireflows are a combination of wireframes and flowcharts. They can document workflow and screen designs when there are few pages that change …

UI Design

Self-Driving Cars Should Accommodate People, Not the Other Way Around

A segment that aired yesterday on NPR’s Morning Edition comes off as posing a reasonable solution to the technical challenges of making self-driving …

The F Pattern: Understanding How Users Scan Content

July 24, 2017Reading online is a little different than the way you read textbooks high school and college. Today, when people find content on the web …

Reimagining cities from the internet up

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to …

Innovation

Why Smart Cities Need to Be Happy Ones, Too

Sam Pitroda, who revolutionized India’s telecom industry among other accomplishments, says that technology alone won’t make smart cities successful.

Beneath the futuristic architecture, Oslo really is as smart as it looks

<i>Your city is dumb. The potholed streets, coin-operated parking meters, and drafty brick buildings many of us interact with every day haven’t changed</i> …

With sensors and smartphones to make roads more flexible, Tilburg is addressing the question: how can a city become safer for less able residents?<p>The distance from Noud Rommen’s front door to the local shops is just 100 yards, but to get there, the 71-year-old with mobility problems must negotiate …

Smart Cities