menu

10 Ideas To Turn Cities Into Playable Games

10 Ideas To Turn Cities Into Playable Games
culture

The first 'Playable City' competition has a shortlist of 10 innovative ideas that will ‘gamify’ Bristol, UK.

Emma Hutchings
  • 17 december 2012

The Watershed, a cultural cinema and digital creativity center in Bristol, UK, has announced the ten shortlisted ideas for its first Playable City award. These aim to turn the city into a game-like environment for residents and visitors. Wired reports that the winning idea (judged by musician Imogen Heap, Tom Uglow from Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney, and Claire Doherty of the art organisation Situations) will be installed in Bristol and its creator will receive £30,000.

Check out the 10 shortlisted ideas below:

‘The Arc Project’ is a series of 3D photo booths that scan people or objects to create models, and then upload them to an augmented reality landscape of the location, which can then be viewed at iPad stations.

These Ideas Turn The City Into A Playable Game

‘Hello Lamp Post!’ is an idea which ‘awakens’ lamp posts, bus stops, post boxes, fire hydrants and more around the city and lets people have conversations with them via text messages. These are posted online and a radio-like interface allows users to “tune” into the various objects around the city to see what they’re saying.

These Ideas Turn The City Into A Playable Game

‘Jolly Brolly Mystery’ is a murder mystery where you use an umbrella as your game assistant. The ‘Jolly Brolly’ features GPS that lets you collect points as you check into different zones, which you can use to buy clues and work out who the murderer is.

‘The Balloon-ometer’ is a colossal crowd-controlled device that uses microphones, balloons and fans to create an engaging spectacle both day and night. Players move the balloon using fans which are controlled via a variety of technologies to enable as wide audience engagement as possible.

‘Cast’ is an ambitious, site-specific, city-centre pavilion, where the form of the structure’s cladding is created from 3D scans of items provided by the public, each of which will represent their own personal relationship with the city.

‘The City You Dreamed Of’ is An open invitation to play, build your dream city, knock it down, and then build it again. Colour it in, move it around, inscribe it with your undying love and share your dreams with the person next to you.

‘Interactive Album’ is a hybrid between light installation, musical performance and generative interface. The “album” consists of eight “tracks” installed in a series of spaces throughout the city. On entering each space, the audience discovers an environment inhabited by music and projected visuals. By stepping into various trigger areas, separate audio-visual elements can be played individually and can also be combined to create a fuller arrangement. As the installation is explored the “track” evolves and builds in a similar way to a piece of dance music.

‘Playscape’ is a network of lightweight, robust digital screens situated around Bristol, acting as a source of many different types of interaction with the city. The aim is to broadcast simple game rule sets – invitations for social play – to passers-by. The rule sets are for games to play right there and then, with no special equipment or preparation, tailored to the affordances of the space where they appear.

‘Robot Runners’ is a game that you play in the real world while your robot clone traces out your path nearby. It combines electronics, geo-location technology and human interaction to create a truly original fun and engaging game.

‘Sing a Little Song’ is designed to bring a new form of birdsong to the city, guided and controlled by online interactions. Eight ‘digital songbirds’ will be built and placed around the city – these small boxes will connect wirelessly to the internet and contain a microcontroller and speaker system for playing simple melodies.

Playable City

culture
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Brand Development
Media & Publishing Yesterday

CNN Launched An Entire Drone Division Of Their News Network

CNN AIR incorporates aerial footage into the corporation's ongoing news coverage

Advertising Yesterday

Uber’s Breathalyzer Cards Let You Know If You Are Sober Enough To Drive

A new campaign from the ride-sharing service raises awareness about the importance of a safe trip home

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Work

See All
Design Yesterday

Milk Proteins Could Be The Packaging Material Of The Future

A newly discovered casein-based alternative is biodegradable, sustainable and even edible

Technology Yesterday

Intel’s New System Will Help Technology See And Understand The World

Joule is a tiny board for developers designed to bring powerful computer vision to cheap and easy-to-make prototypes

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Emily Pilloton

Social Innovation Pioneer

Design Yesterday

This LA Hotel Is Designed Specifically For Cocktail Drinkers

The Walker Inn is a new Los Angeles "Bed and Beverage" experience that offers guests an intimate setting for their night cap

Education Yesterday

Bringing Virtual Reality And Telepresence Robotics To E-Learning

This Learning Management System is embracing new technologies to reallocate teaching resources to where they should be going

Advertising Yesterday

Interactive Art Exhibition For Dogs Provides Endless Fun

Installations created by artist Dominic Wilcox are based on activities loved by canines, such as fetching tennis balls and splashing in water

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

PSFK Labs august 24, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: The Annual Review Becomes An Everyday, Collaborative Activity

Our Future of Work vision is a web-based platform through which teams can collaborate on and monitor performance reviews across all channels, ensuring a happier workplace

Beauty Yesterday

Design Your Own Custom Watch Faces

Customize your wrist device with Garmin's new app that lets you display personalized images or patterns

Syndicated Yesterday

How The Olympics Taught Us Lessons In Cloud Analytics

Dan Vesset, group VP for analytics and information management at IDC, tells how cloud-based business analytics support decision-making

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Artist Shuts Down Sexist Comments By Turning Them Into Images

Rora Blue explores social stigma in a photo series titled 'Handle With Care'

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Kanebo's latest addition to the Evita line includes an application that dispenses cleanser in the shape of a flower

Mobile Yesterday

Twitter Bot Will Warn You If You Are A Troll

An online tool developed out of Intel's Hack Harassment movement helps filter out or notify cyber bullies

PSFK LABS REPORT

Innovation Debrief: Boston
Business Concepts Born In 'The Hub'
AVAILABLE NOW

Retail Yesterday

Passengers Can Now Earn Airline Miles For Sharing Their Location Data

The Frequent Flyer app measures background data and gives travelers points that can be exchanged for tickets with participating airlines

Advertising Yesterday

The NBA Is Releasing Two Original Shows To Stream On Twitter

The sports league announced a deal that demonstrates an interesting expansion of its content strategy

Automotive Yesterday

Cadillac Concept Shows A Future Design Direction

The flagship sedan reveals the brand is continuing to hone and refine its luxury aesthetic

No search results found.