A "living" pedestrian #street signal that uses real-time data to interact with you. @thisbigcity

A "living" pedestrian #street signal that uses real-time data to interact with you. @thisbigcity

As more and more objects become Internet-connected and data-enabled (the emerging “Internet of Things ”), technologists and urban designers are beginning to explore what this means for how we interact with everyday objects in a city. If an object is connected to its surroundings and made aware through data, it has the potential to become an active and engaged participant in its environment, capable of telling its story, having conversations with passer-byers, and emoting its current feelings. As Alexis Lloyd points out in “If This Toaster Could Talk ”, once objects become imbued with these sorts of capabilities, it’s probably more appropriate to consider them “enchanted objects – objects that can transform, conjure, and invoke.” While most of the conversations around connected devices have centered on utilitarian purposes (for example, the quintessential refrigerator that ...

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