Convert Your Boring Waiting Times In Some Fun. Interact With People Across The Street By ActiWait!Translate

3 year ago · Madiha Waqas · 0 Comment
Categories: Creativity · How-to · Technology     Tags: Invention · Device · Street · People · Boring · Actiwait
The ActiWait is a new generation of traffic light buttons. Installed at a pedestrian traffic light with long red phases, it offers pedestrians the possibility to convert boring waiting times into positive experiences. Through a touch screen which is installed in the upper shell of the button, people can interact with each other across the street. Currently the ActiWait is still a prototype. Hildesheim and Oberhausen are the world’s first cities where the ActiWait is installed in a protected environment and put to the acid test. After a successful prototype phase, and the first orders the development of a product that is ready to be produced, will follow. The ActiWait will transform waiting time to an awesome experience – all over the world!

The idea for their Actiwait button went viral when the students, along with a third colleague, Holger Michel, published their concept video in 2012. Though it was just a fake visualization, it garnered millions of views and likes. After overcoming numerous technological challenges and red tape, a test unit has been installed at a crosswalk in Hildesheim in front of HAWK University

“The idea came while waiting for the light to turn green. Sandro always needed to wait a traffic light in front of our Campus and one day thought ‘this could be more fun’ and so he developed the concept and the first video with Holger Michel, who a few moth later left the team,” Sandro and Amelie told to dimplify.

“People are mostly excited and happy to have such a device. They smile and get to know each other. There are even visitors from other cities and countries who are coming to play a match of streetpong. Some don’t understand the concept behind it immediately but if we explain it to them they think it is great and don’t want to stop playing”
“The touchscreen is a platform on which we can show videos, pictures and it can be used as a device for communication. So we think cities could use it as guides through a city our to give children traffic education right there. We are also developing new devices for the Subway for example, but that one is still a long way to go!“

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