The self-organizing bus stop serves as an electronic concierge and digital gateway to the offerings of both its own neighborhood and the transportation system at large. Through appropriate use of digital technology, we can turn bus stops into sensual, engaging, memorable landmarks that have varied and distinctive character, and that respond vividly to the unique features of their contexts and communities in multiple ways, at multiple scales, and in multiple time frames.

The prototype Interactive Bus Stop is a place for location based information exchange. Going beyond the mere function of a transportation hub it takes the role of a pivot for its surrounding neighborhood, providing authorized and user generated content. An interactive LED-facade visualizes ambient information, as well as quantity and topology of virtual social interactions taking place in relation to the place.

The bus stop was conceived and developed during three months, in collaboration and with the kind support of RATP, Paris. In summer 2006, a prototype of an interactive bus stop was brought to Paris, as part of the exhibition "Les cent ans du mouvement", organized by RATP, Paris.

mobile.mit.edu/en/busstop

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