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Screens in the Wild Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:53

Screens in the Wild is a collaborative project initiated by researchers from the Space Group at University College London and the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham. It investigates how media screens located in urban space can be designed to benefit public life, rather than merely transmit commercial content.

Screens in the Wild

Screens in the Wild

The project is building a series of architectural interfaces in East London and Nottingham neighbourhoods, which use broadcast media and interactive technologies to enhance real world connections, add value to the daily experience of the urban environment, foster community participation and ownership of the urban space. In this project we are seeking to involve local organisations and residents as key partners in the creative development process.

 

It is one of our favourite projects out of the current Research in the Wild themes, The Screens in the Wild team includes: makers, architects, HCI designers, computer scientists, anthropologists, developers, artists and curators.

Find out more at http://www.screensinthewild.org/

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The One Show – Pigeon Sim Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:08

One-Show-smallPigeon Sim is a Kinect powered, Google Earth linked, system to fly around live data – pulling in feeds from citydashboard.org it was developed originally as part of an EPSRC funded exhibition project (ANALOGIES) in April 2012 by CASA Researcher George MacKerron (now Lecturer at the University of Sussex). It is now part of the ESRC funded TALISMAN project at CASA and Leeds where it is being further developed to link into the DISTANCE Internet of Schools project funded by the TSB.

As part of a wider segment on the BBC’s  One Show with a 4 minute documentary about pigeons by Mike Dilger and Adam Rogers the Pigeon Sim was wired up for a fly through by comedian Jack Dee. The clip below shows the system in action and our attempt of making sense of the whole thing on live tv:

The One Show was hosted by Chris Evans and Alex Jone and attracts audience ratings in excess of 4 million, the joys of live TV and technology should not be underestimated – it worked but with a full studio getting the Kinect to recognise a comedian in a pigeon outfit is challenging to say the least…..

You can fly Pigeon Sim yourself at the Almost Lost exhibition in Wellington Arch, London, from December 4th.

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Future Cities Finance Initiative Announced in Partnership with Level39 Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:33

Cities are clearly the topic of the moment, be it Smart/Future/Sustainable/Computable, the concept is moving towards a new understanding of our urban world and with it an opening up of new social and economic opportunities. There has never been a better time to look into the research and commercial opportunities around cities and data (as our forthcoming MSc in Smart Cities highlights, more on that in a future post). As such the new initiative linking up Level39 and the Future Cities Catapult is one of potential. The full press release went out in July, so this a little late to the table in terms of the blog post, but the it is the concept of linking cities research/innovation and financing start ups that we feel is notably timely, the press release with details is below:

The UK’s Future Cities movement is set to receive a major boost, thanks to a new initiative by the Future Cities Catapult and Level39, Europe’s largest accelerator space for financial, retail and future city technologies, based at Canary Wharf.

Launched in March this year, the Future Cities Catapult is an independent innovation centre set up by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). It aims to help UK businesses develop cutting-edge, high value urban solutions and then sell them to the world. The Catapult will unite business, city governments, innovators and academia to run a series of large-scale pilot projects that address how cities can become more economically active, while lowering their environmental footprint and moving towards a low-carbon economy.

The Future Cities Catapult is prioritising the ‘Future Cities Financing’ aspect of their work programme to address the need for large-scale investment into the sector. Growing cities represent a great opportunity to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to provide a major boost to the UK economy.nMore than £6.5tn will be invested globally in city infrastructure over the next 10 to 15 years. Of this, the accessible market for companies developing future city systems is estimated to be worth £200bn a year by 2030. Critical to the flourishing of future cities is greater access to finance for integrated city systems (not simply the traditional model of investment in specific projects in areas such as transport, energy and health).

The Future Cities Catapult will focus on developing and leveraging finance for cohesive city systems as a key area of activity in future. This work has begun by tasking Level39 with pulling together experts from within its extensive finance and investor networks to raise awareness of investment opportunities and draw upon their knowledge to debate the merits of the current or potential new funding models.

Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult, said: “In the future, the majority of people will live in cities. There are huge benefits to people and opportunities for business in making cities better places to live, but at present we lack the financial mechanisms to unlock these opportunities.

“Future Cities Financing will explore the challenges, opportunities and risk profiles for different kinds of investment. By engaging with the right financial stakeholders, we can also amplify the message that investment in smart cities is a new and highly valuable asset class.”

Eric Van Der Kleij, Head of Level39 at Canary Wharf Group plc says:

“We are pleased to be supporting the Future Cities Catapult by creating the right blend of industry experts to debate the crucial issue of future cities financing.” “The built environment at Canary Wharf is one of the most technologically advanced in London and we will continue this journey at Level39 by facilitating new innovation in future cities technology. Our location alongside the capital’s leading financial district and extensive contacts, which include finance specialists, fund managers and investors, will enable us to help unlock vital sources of funding.”

The clip below provides a good insight into Level39 – having been there a couple of times we can safely say its an exciting place:

 

Finally, details on What is the Future Cities Catapult are highlighted in the movie below:

What is the Future Cities Catapult? from Future Cities Catapult on Vimeo.
 

You can find out more about the Future Cities Catapult at https://futurecities.catapult.org.uk and Level39 at http://level39.co/level39/introduction/

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CASA Barbican Cinema One Trailer and Live Stream: Future Cities and Digital Technologies Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:30

Cities have always been places where new technologies are invented but as more and more of the world’s population is living in cities, it is ever more urgent to consider their future. Cities are also being reinvented using new digital technologies and this one day conference will explore how CASA at University College London is exploring the future city through big data, smart technologies, and new ideas about simulation and prediction. This conference will showcase a range of work dealing with digital futures based on using computers to measure, model and predict the future state of our town and cities using many examples drawn from London and beyond.

A free day of everything related to future cities and the built environment at the premiere 300 seater Barbican Cinema One:

Held at the 300 seater Barbican Cinema One in London, the open to all conference will deal with new ways of visualising cities in 3D using virtual realities, it will show how we are building an internet of things around which the city is being reinvented and it will explore how the prosperity of cities relates to their scale and size. A particular feature of the day will be a focus on new ways of exploring movement patterns in cities using data sets from smart cards, from open data sources and from new methods for crowdsourcing not only data but ideas for future cities.

The event will be streamed live at http://conference.casa.ucl.ac.uk/  from 10am Friday 27th, 2013…..

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CASA Barbican Cinema One Trailer and Live Stream: Future Cities and Digital Technologies Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:30

Cities have always been places where new technologies are invented but as more and more of the world’s population is living in cities, it is ever more urgent to consider their future. Cities are also being reinvented using new digital technologies and this one day conference will explore how CASA at University College London is exploring the future city through big data, smart technologies, and new ideas about simulation and prediction. This conference will showcase a range of work dealing with digital futures based on using computers to measure, model and predict the future state of our town and cities using many examples drawn from London and beyond.

A free day of everything related to future cities and the built environment at the premiere 300 seater Barbican Cinema One:

Held at the 300 seater Barbican Cinema One in London, the open to all conference will deal with new ways of visualising cities in 3D using virtual realities, it will show how we are building an internet of things around which the city is being reinvented and it will explore how the prosperity of cities relates to their scale and size. A particular feature of the day will be a focus on new ways of exploring movement patterns in cities using data sets from smart cards, from open data sources and from new methods for crowdsourcing not only data but ideas for future cities.

The event will be streamed live at http://conference.casa.ucl.ac.uk/  from 10am Friday 27th, 2013…..

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