Future Cities Catapult is interested in how our cities will feel and perform when spaces, objects, buildings, infrastructure and people are connected. As part of a design research agenda exploring how the street may change, we collaborated with BERG, a UK-based technology company, to explore the idea of connected displays.
While we conducted a series of research interviews, BERG explored the question via making, creating a prototype of a connected display called Pixel Track:
With Pixel Track, Berg explore the idea of connected displays through prototyping, creating a display appropriate to a specific kind of emerging networked use. The display uses a mechanical ‘scanning’ based system for updating pixels. This means that the display consumes no power while it remains static. The mechanical nature of the surface means there is room for great flexibility in the form and material qualities of the display. The device itself is relatively 'dumb', and is controlled instead by services in the cloud, enabling easy configuration and management, as well as the ability to respond in real-time to internet-based services and interactions.
Now watch our research interviews, with representatives of Greater London Authority, Victoria & Albert Museum, Transport for London and Lend Lease.
For Berg: Jack Schulze and Durrell Bishop, with help from Tim Bacon, Timo Arnall and Nick Williamson. Contact Berg via email@example.com
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