Noise comes from lack of tuning..

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In a world of increasing population, complexity and networked interconnectivity, the potentials exist to utilize traces of human interaction to help tune and refine the built environment for individual specific needs.


A successful aspect of the internet realm is the use of cookies, the recording of previous search and  purchuse data to help recommend on potential websites and purchuses that the user maybe interested in.  Due to  user  feedback, this system becomes smarter; the more the user interacts with it the more precise and specific its recomendations become.

The intention is to translate the success of this system into the material world, refining the masses of urban ‘noise’ specifically for the user.

By collating traces of user activity on one’s mobile device, there is potential to provide the user with recommended infromation about a city, site or place.




Xplore Final Presentation

In a world of increasing population, complexity and networked interconnectivity, there is a need to refine, tune, and potentially at times even insulate one from the ever changing flux of information that connects the surface of our planet.

In the immaterial realm Google and Amazon log users internet activity to derive an information map, that makes browsing and searching the internet easier and more refined.   These traces of immaterial human activity, known as ‘cookies’, are successful in storing personal information regarding website preferences, previous online purchases, and passwords .  This collating of personal information allows a more refined and faster online experience, automatically displaying more relevant information to the user directly derived from one’s previous logged history.  This approach is now widely accepted and has revolutionized one’s online experience.

We propose to transplant the success this element from the immaterial realm into the material world, revolutionizing one’s mobile perception and embodiment within the city.

The project comprises of three main parts; a static interface, a mobile interface and a global database. The static interface resides within a privite booth merged with a newly designed public bus stop.  When occupied, the user will interact with this interface. The booth acts as a hub for delivery of information just like an iPod dock serves to an iPod, but also as an insulating retreat from the external ‘noise’ of the city.  Every user using  ’Xplore’ will have their unique IDs stored in their mobile phones. When one enters the booth, his phone will publish the user’s ID via Bluetooth. With the help of the ID the static interface will connect into the global database and fetch information about the user. The static interface will then recommend events, places, hotels, galleries, theatres, markets, shops, and exhibirions according to the user’s profile. These can then be automatically downloaded into the mobile phone.  The mobile part of ‘Xplore’ is an interface showing the downloaded points recommended from the static part. The user can select which one to go to and the mobile application will help the user to find its way to the selected location. During this process every movement of the user is logged within the mobile phone and is transmitted to the global database for future reference. Lastly global database gathers information coming from all of the users of ‘Xplore’ and relates this information with personal profiles to draw an information map. This information map acts as the main engine driving the ‘Xplore’ system.  A symbiotic relationship is present between the static interface and the mobile interface, both feeding the global database of information.

‘Xplore’ therefore aims to improve the city experience for any individual with some recreational time, tourist, or traveler through the installation of ‘Xplore’ bus stops which integrate a static interface within a private noise insulating booth.  This material element coupled with the mobile interface and global database of information will form a system that refines and tunes the ‘noise’ of the city, producing recommendations that are directly derived from one’s previous traces of activity resulting in a more personal and mobile city experience.

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