In Brief

"Living Innovation Zones" give companies a chance to showcase their latest work in San Francisco.

The city of San Francisco has partnered with the Exploratorium, a science-education museum that’s geared toward children, to make public spaces more interesting in areas that are frequented by office workers and tourists. One of the most popular exhibits is a pair of satellite dishes that encourage people to whisper into them. The dishes are actually parabolic acoustic amplifiers, which can amplify a whisper so that it’s loud enough for someone else to hear 50 feet away.

Dubbed “Living Innovation Zones” by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, the spaces attempt to liven up daily life for those who might find themselves in the local area. The Mayor’s office even has a strike force of “Innovation Fellows” that have developed creative solutions to other everyday problems such as how to figure out local law.

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