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NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps

NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps | Urban Life | Scoop.it

The designers at Control Group--have been hired by New York’s MTA to bring a plan for bringing a networked, touch-screen system to their subways. Starting this year, 90 touch-screen kiosks will make their way to thoroughfares like Grand Central Station and hip stops like Bedford Avenue. Together, they’ll make a beta network for 2 million commuters and tourists a day.


Each kiosk is a 47-inch touch screen, encapsulated in stainless steel, with an operational temperature up to 200 degrees. They’ll be placed, mostly in pairs, outside pay areas, inside mezzanines and even right on train platforms. Control Group has skinned the hardware with a simple front end and an analytics-heavy backend. And the platform will even support third-party apps approved by the MTA.

At launch, the screens will feature all sorts of content, like delays, outages, and, of course, ads (which bring in $100 million in revenue for the MTA each year, but mostly in paper signage). Yet its most powerful interaction for many will likely be its map, which features a one-tap navigation system.

You look at the map, you tap your intended destination, and the map will draw your route, including any transfers along the way. It’s an interface that puts Google Maps to shame.


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James's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:15 AM

Touch interface has seen a rise in the community, such as information booths.

It allows for easy usability and quick access for people in a hurry.

While it does give convenience to the people, it's another job that's been mechanized because of its efficiency.

 

Touchscreens do away with the harder input devices and allow people to use it little to no prior knowledge of how to access it.

luiy's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:23 AM

THE POWER OF EXTRA SENSORS

 

At the same time, the system’s screens could be the least interesting part of this project. The kiosks will be fitted with extra modules--video cameras, mics, and Wi-Fi--to open up a whole secondary layer of data collection and interface.

 

With cameras and mics, the MTA can enable two-way communication (what I imagine as emergency response messaging), and they can also pull in all sorts of automated metrics from their stations--they’d have eyes capable of counting station crowdedness or even approximate user ethnographics.

Meanwhile, Wi-Fi opens the door for networking a whole platform of mobile users with Internet access and other streamed content. Given that the average person waits 5 to 10 minutes on a platform, O’Donnell sees the potential of engaging, sponsored experiences, like a networked game of Jeopardy, while people wait for the train, or streaming media content, like TV/movie clips. A tourist could, of course, do something far more practical, too, like download a city map in moments.

“We can’t provide Internet for everybody,” he says, “but we can allow interactivity on the platform.”

david nguy's curator insight, October 21, 2014 5:53 PM

Sous la ville, de nouvelles technologies et innovations se mettent en place afin de faciliter la diffusion de l'information.

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How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Cities and regions in the UK face ever-increasing economic, social and environmental challenges. They compete for investment in what is now a single global economy. (RT @sustaincities: Is your city "exploiting" the Information Revolution?
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Can images stop data overload?

Can images stop data overload? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
With more and more of us feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information we have to deal with at work, could data visualisation provide an answer?
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Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones...

Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones... | Urban Life | Scoop.it

When Mayor Bloomberg announced New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge last winter, it was an opportunity to see how designers would reimagine these idle relics of last century’s infrastructure into something other than a shading device for smartphone-browsing in sunny weather.


From the looks of the finalists, which Bloomberg announced Tuesday, tomorrow’s payphone could have a lot of app-style features, from weather reports and wayfinding to voice and gesture control.

 

A handful of New York’s roughly 11,000 payphones already serve as wifi hotspots thanks to a pilot program launched by the city last summer, so the leap to hyperconnectivity isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. A few years down the line, we could all be using a shiny new network of payphones to call taxis by voice command, charge our devices, check the weather for our urban farms, and, inevitably, look at ads.

The six finalists are chosen in five categories—creativity, connectivity, functionality, community impact, and visual design.

 

Visit the article link to view the proposals and learn more about what may be the payphone of the future...


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Florence Rollin's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:26 AM

Nouveaux styles, nouvelles fonctions pour des cabines téléphoniques du futur 

kaja jacobs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:20 AM

looks so cool but people can do what you are doing not so cool

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Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload

Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload | Urban Life | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Adam Davidson because the author talks about how different things are today. We no longer are prisoners of brands "signaling" us through a variety of tactics to purchase their goods and services.


It also made me think of the opportunity as curators to help our customers shop, learn and make sense of all the information and choices coming at them.


Intro:


"The Internet was supposed to make us smarter shoppers. So why should we still listen to the signals that brands send us?"


 Here are some highlights from this piece:


**The Internet and advances in manufacturing now allow for a much wider range of products aimed at narrower consumer interests.


**For example: "I might pay more for a craft beer and a bar of deluxe chocolate, but I’ll be happier than when I was saving money buying Bud Light and a waxy Hershey’s bar".


**Signals, of course, can be misleading, and excessive Internet research often leads to confusion.


The psychologist Barry Schwartz says he believes that many of us suffer from the paradox of choice — the more options we have, the less happy we might be.


The author says, he feels more shopping anxiety now than he did when he bought whatever my brand loyalty told him.


**He now says he doesn't have  to worry about so many other purchases that he used to fret about.


He discovered that Amazon users seem to really hate Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint toothpaste. I’ll buy the better-rated one, but I do hope those ratings force Crest to reformulate or kill the one nobody likes. And I bet they will.


**The advantage of referring to other trusted sources online who have already done the research and the testimonials pro and con has helped many of us navigate through the maze.


**The author also makes a good point, in the cases where people are complaining about a particular product, hopefully brand being discussed is listening and they can make improvements to satisfy the needs of their customers.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/7uq2bp9]


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Otir's comment, June 2, 2012 1:16 PM
I appreciate your reviews so much every day! Thank you for the help provided in these days of overload and time crunches :-)