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Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany

December 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Back in 2012, a trio of interaction design students from HAWK University unveiled a concept for StreetPong, an interactive game of pong installed at a street crossing that allows you to play opponents waiting on the other side. The concept video (above) was viewed a bajillion times around the web, compelling designers Amelie Künzler, Sandro Angel, and Holger Michel to work with design firms and traffic experts to build a fully-functional device. After two years of waiting, the game units have been designed and approved for use by the city of Hildesheim, Germany where they were installed two weeks ago. Rebranded as the ActiWait, the devices aren’t just a clever way to pass the time while waiting for cars, hopefully they dissuade impatient pedestrians from darting through traffic. (via Pop-Up City, @Staublfuse, Stellar)

Update: ActiWait currently has an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for further development.

 

 



Dance Design

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart

September 17, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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This fun urban intervention from small car manufacturer Smart attempts to redesign the humble traffic light by making it a bit more interactive. The team built a nearby dancing booth rigged with cameras that translates the dance moves of real passersby into a pixelated ‘don’t walk’ silhouette inside a crosswalk light. The video claims the installation resulted in 81% more people stopping at the light instead of walking out into the street. The piece was created for Smart’s promotional/safety campaign titled WhatAreYouFOR. (via Designboom)

 

 



Design

An Invisible Bike Helmet by Hövding

October 25, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The inflatable Hövding bicycle helmet designed by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin isn’t on the market just yet, but the test footage above of repeated 20km collisions between bike and car suggests some serious money has been invested into this incredible device. The helmet works like an airbag that’s worn somewhat discretely around the neck and inflates just before impact. Awesome. (via core77)