At MakerFaire Detroit I met the people behind the Detroit LovProject. These benches spell out the word “love” using precast concrete forms. Embedded within the bench is a wifi transmitter that allows people nearby to access the internet freely. The lovely benches will be placed at Woodward avenue bus stops. Bus passengers will be able to check the status of DDOT busses through the wifi service provided at these benches.
Like Spain’s smart sidewalk, the LovProject benches integrate wireless internet into the urban infrastructure. The LovProject benches have the advantage of being mobile – allowing them to be shifted as bus stops change and populations move. Will future generations take access to rich, pervasive information for granted?
PS – I would have shown a picture of the bench, but there were kids crawling all over it.