EyeStops : Futuristic Bus Stops from SENSEable City Lab of MIT

EyeStops is a concept device for bus stops which will allow the passengers to do a lot more activities than just sitting idle and wait. The SENSEable City Lab of MIT has designed this solar-powered booth that are outfitted with touchscreen displays that will show necessary information like bus schedules or the shortest route for a certain destination. Even more, you will be able to browse the web, check the air quality, see the exact location of your desired bus, interact with a mobile device and use the booth as a community message board to post announcements and ads. On top of that, this booth will surely change the appearance of a traditional bus stop.

eyestop italy futuristic bus stop

eyestop italy futuristic bus stop


[Press Release]

MIT unveils EyeStop: an iPhone‐like interactive bus stop for the City of Florence

May 14, 2009. MIT architects and engineers have unveiled EyeStop, an interactive bus stop designed for the city of Florence. On Saturday 16 May the project will be presented officially at the Genio Fiorentino by the President of the Province of Florence Matteo Renzi (dubbed ‘The Italian Obama’ by TIME Magazine).

EyeStop, developed by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, is an exploration into the next generation of smart urban furniture; it aims to enrich the city with state of the art sensing technologies, interactive services, community information and entertainment. The project is partially covered with touch sensitive e‐INK and screens, so that it can deliver information to people seamlessly. Users can plan a bus trip on an interactive map, exchange community‐relevant information on a digital message board, surf the web, monitor their real time exposure to pollutants and use their mobile devices as an interface with the bus shelter. “Interacting with EyeStop could change the access to urban information in a similar way to how the iPhone has changed our mobile life” commented Carlo Ratti, Head of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT.

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At the touch of a finger users can indicate their desired destination; the system will then display the shortest bus route from where they are and the position of all relevant buses real‐time. The EyeStop will glow at different levels of intensity to signal the distance of an approaching bus. Riders and passers‐by can also post ads and community announcements to an electronic bulletin board placed on the bus stop, enhancing its functionality as a public space ‐ a place to gather and exchange community relevant information.

In addition to displaying information, the bus stop also acts as an active environmental sensing node, powering itself through sunlight and collecting real time information about air quality and the urban environment. “EyeStop is an experiment into urban computing: it may be considered an “info‐tape” that snakes through the city, rising up like a pole or cropping out of the sidewalk like a shelter. It senses information about the environment and distributes it in a form accessible to all citizens” – commented project leader Giovanni de Niederhousern.

eyestop italy futuristic bus stop

A generative parametric model produces a unique design for each bus stop, providing both optimal sheltering for users and maximum sunlight exposure for direct photovoltaic powering. Unlike the typical mass‐produced bus stop, EyeStop is designed to fit the physical characteristics of its surroundings, with each unit being slightly different from the others. Furthermore, simple materials like shiny steel, extra clear glass and gray local stone (pietra serena), together with its minimalist design, serve to optimize how it blends into the historic urban fabric of Florence.

“Since the Renaissance, there has been an interplay between the physical form of the city (urb) and its citizenship (civitas),” added Carlo Ratti. “Today’s technologies are adding new possibilities to that age‐long relationship, thanks to the addition of digital information to physical space. It is as if a new materiality were emerging in architecture, with the seamless blending of bits and atoms…”

eyestop italy futuristic bus stop

EyeStop was developed at the SENSEable City Laboratory by Giovanni de Niederhousern, Shaocong Zhou, Assaf Biderman and Carlo Ratti, in collaboration with the Province of Florence and the local public transportation authority ATAF.

Designer : Giovanni de Niederhousern, Shaocong Zhou, Assaf Biderman and Carlo Ratti via Core77




Basalto Fireplace Design Was Inspired By Giant’s Causeway

Inspired by an Irish Cliff called Giant’s Causeway, Massimo Battaglia has designed Basalto fireplace. The site of Giant’s Causeway has volcanic origin and is characterized by a vast amount of basalt columns with various polygonal shapes. This beautiful nature has been forged by the fire, that’s why Battaglia thought it was perfect for him to create a fireplace based on that place. Basalto fireplace comes in 2 versions, white ethanol-fed and black wood-fed. The chimney is replaced by a steel hood to be installed on the ceiling. These fireplaces are made of glazed ceramic.

Designer : Massimo Battaglia

Basalto Fireplace

Basalto Fireplace

Basalto Fireplace

Basalto Fireplace

Basalto Fireplace

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AMV-R : The Result Of Combining German And Italian Design Into A Supercar

If you are wondering how much this costs or how long you have to wait for its creation and delivery, i have to say, unfortunately this exotic beauty is not a prototype, nor it’s planned for production. The AMV-R, as the designer by the name of Alexei Mikhailov named it, is an unusual combination of styles. I say it’s unusual, because the supercar has both Italian and German design. This furious raging beast, has been given the pure Italian jaw-dropping fluid almost organic design and the German sporty design lines, which not only emphasizes the overall quality of the car but also make it unique in every aspect of the way. AMV-R stands for Auto Motive Visual Racing, so speaking in automotive terms, it’s a proper supercar. Visually, the overall design makes even the people from Greenpeace wish they drive it at least one lap on any closed circuit. The carbon fiber body shell, the aluminum chassis and the alloy wheels equipped with racing tires make the AMV-R as light as a feather.

Designer: Alexei Mikhailov

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The rear of the car reminds us of the Zonda. The exhaust pipes are positioned in the middle of the rear bumper. The “R” in the name is not there just for the sake of it, it stands for racing. The car is powered by a twin turbo V10 engine, yes you read it correctly, a V10 capable of producing 850HP. Imagine you have a vehicle rages through cities, it’s been designed that can turn even statue heads, you’ll know it’s not just an ordinary car, it’s more than that, it’s a supercar.

Supercars are a unique breed of cars, designed and built to show the world it can be done. Fast, lightweight, superb, thrillseeking, incredible, are just some words associated to these jewels of engineering and motorsport. We humans are a breed that likes to drive fast, loves speed, and has the ability to change from calm and serious to an 8 years old boy, when a supercharged V8 or a twin turbo V10 passes by, in seconds. Supercars are designed to impress the driver and the viewer in every way possible. The AMV-R is one of them, it has all the ingredients for the perfect recipe, Italian styling and engineering and German performance and overall quality.

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