Pop Pop is a project to re-imagine New York’s Pedestrian Signals — mainly, to see if they can be imbued with personality and emotion that might make daily life a bit more fun and interesting. To do this, Pop Pop is a to-scale, working pedestrian signal that has real human emotions (based on real-time data of the location) and interacts with people as they walk by. Are there too many jaywalkers? How crowded is the corner? Is it rainy? Bad traffic? Pop Pop knows and reacts accordingly. The goal of the project is to explore how “connected” objects can have personalities that can bring delight into our lives.

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