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”