For those of you who follows PlayMeDesign on facebook or twitter – you probably seen me writing about participating in Global Sustainability Jam this weekend. Not only did I have a lot of fun, collaborating with a group of amazing people – but we managed to create something I am really proud of.
We wanted to create a service that rewarded the walkers, and encouraged them to choose walking over car or taxi also by night. Walking in the dark, especially in places like a dark ally or a park, (we have called these places blind spots) might feel unsafe and uncomfortable. We designed a service called PopSpots; by the use of your cell phone you can activated your surroundings and make it fun, playful and safe to walk at night.
Press read more to learn more about our idea, and to see the entire presentation.
Walking a dark and unsafe area you easily open the app and check if is already transformed into a PopSpots. If it is not yet, you report it as a blind spot. If the area is a PopSpot you activate the app and start walking into the area. Getting closer to different objects in the park (it could be a bench, a wall or a tree) your phone activates a sensor.
The sensor either turns on twinkling, ambient lights or makes your phone play soothing tones. By moving the phone around the tones turns into tunes, and the twinkle turns into light streams.
If several people are in the spot together the lights multiply and sounds grow stronger. This makes walk turns into an experience, interacting with other people and the technology makes it fun and playful. You actually start enjoying your walk back home.
The service of the PopSpot area is accessible at any time, and can also be used as an interactive exploration walk by everyone (kindergartens, families, older people).
PopSpots is an idea created in 48 hours during Global Sustainability Jam, and won for best project in the Norwegian Jam. On the team:
- Nina Lysbakken
- Line Barkved
- Maciej Warchal
- Alexandru Stanoi
- Ioana Benjamin
- Victoria Utheim
- Ann Kathrin Waage
- Line With
- And me (Julia Edin)
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