"How would the experience of using London’s hire-bikes differ if they were connected to the network?"

Named for the genus of the pigeon – known for both its homing abilities and its prevalence throughout London – Columba by Tom Armitage is a working experience prototype in hardware and software that explores this idea.

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"A neighborhood does not need the Internet to create a local network if residents perch small routers throughout the area to produce a mesh."
Commotion Wireless

"A neighborhood does not need the Internet to create a local network if residents perch small routers throughout the area to produce a mesh."

Commotion Wireless

For all the hesitations anybody may have, and for all the vulnerabilities even casual observers can readily diagnose in the chain of technical articulations that produces an augmentive overlay, it is hard to argue against a technology that glimmers with the promise of transcendence. Over anything beyond the immediate near term, some form of wearable augmentive device does seem bound to take a prominent role in returning networked information to the purview of a mobile user at will, and thereby in mediating the urban experience.
The thing is, most people in London are tired of life. You’ve only got to witness the queues in the Westfield multi-storey or the reaction to a crying baby on the tube to realise that this is a city which exists permanently at the end of its tether. People can live in London and be simultaneously tired of it, because – unlike in Mr Johnson’s time – London is no longer a few cobbled streets and a big old prison. It’s the last metropolis in a sinking country on a starving continent, an island within an island oozing out into the Home Counties like an unstoppable concrete oil spill.
The IDF’s strategy of ‘walking through walls’ involves a conception of the city as not just the site but also the very medium of warfare – a flexible, almost liquid medium that is forever contingent and in flux.
The Urban Aeronautics AirMule is a compact, unmanned, single-engine, VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft.  Internal lift rotors enable the AirMule to fly inside obstructed (e.g. mountainous, wooded, urban) terrain where helicopters are unable to operate. The AirMule is innovative due to its internal rotors and significant payload capacity that allows for the evacuation of 2 casualties as well as fast and flexible payload reconfiguration for other missions.  It is also ideally suited to special robotic operation, for example via Tele-Presence.

The Urban Aeronautics AirMule is a compact, unmanned, single-engine, VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft.  Internal lift rotors enable the AirMule to fly inside obstructed (e.g. mountainous, wooded, urban) terrain where helicopters are unable to operate. The AirMule is innovative due to its internal rotors and significant payload capacity that allows for the evacuation of 2 casualties as well as fast and flexible payload reconfiguration for other missions.  It is also ideally suited to special robotic operation, for example via Tele-Presence.

“In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.”
Street Ghosts

“In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.”

Street Ghosts

(Source: varanine)