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A socializing interactive installation for the urban environments

Briones, C.; Fatah gen. Schieck, A.; Mottram, C; (2007) A socializing interactive installation for the urban environments. Presented at: IADIS Applied Computing International Conference 2007, Salamanca, Spain. Green open access

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In this paper we present the LEDs Urban Carpet: an interactive urban installation using a body-input as a form of a non-traditional user interface. The installation was tested in various locations around the city of Bath, UK. We selected locations with low, medium and high pedestrian flows. The aim is to generate a novel urban experience, which can be introduced in different locations in the city and with different social situations. The installation represents a game with a grid of LEDs that can be embedded as an interactive carpet into the urban context. A pattern of lights is generated dynamically following the pedestrians movement over the carpet. In this case the pedestrians become active participants that influence the generative process and make the pattern of LED-s change. The paper suggests that introducing this kind of display in a social scenario can enrich the casual interaction of people nearby and this might enhance social awareness and engagement. However, we should point out that a number of factors need to be taken into consideration when designing an interactive installation, especially when situated within the urban space. The experience we present here can assist designers in understanding difficulties and issues that need to be taken into account during the design of an interactive urban project of this nature.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: A socializing interactive installation for the urban environments
Event: IADIS Applied Computing International Conference 2007
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Dates: 18-20 February 2007
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Interactive urban installation, body-input interface
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7459
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