What if you could design street furniture that adapts itself to the personal situation of a pedestrian? The Responsive Street Furniture project took on this challenge.
There are many people that have an impairment. This can range from bad sight and hearing to having problem with walking. In public life the problems and needs differ per person, making it difficult to design street furniture that accommodates everyone. Designers Ross Atkin and Jonathan Scott had been doing research around this topic for some time when they decided to design a solution.
What they created was a series of responsive street furniture that could detect the personal needs of registered users and adapt accordingly. To get an idea of their products watch the video below:
It is a beautiful idea and well executed. Through Bluetooth sensors the street furniture detects the proximity of people and adapts. People who have bad sight will get more contrast, people who are blind will get audio cues. If you have problem walking the crossing time will be lengthened. This approach is very interesting and opens a world of new ideas that can be turned into reality, making cities truly smarter.