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Sentient Streets: A ‘Living’ Pedestrian Signal of the Future

As more and more objects become Internet-connected and data-enabled (the emerging “Internet of Things”), technologists and urban designers are beginning to explore what this means for how we interact with everyday objects in a city. If an object is connected to its surroundings and made aware through data, it has the potential to become an active and engaged participant in its environment, capable of telling its story, having conversations with passer-byers, and emoting its current feelings

Fascinating, more exciting to me than connected home appliances. Do I get an emoticon like this ;/ when I jaywalk?