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PUBLIC INTERACTIVES is a research-design project led by Dr. Anne Balsamo. The term Public Interactives names the broad category of mediated experiences that are now on offer in communal and public spaces. Public Interactives are technological devices that serve as the stage for digitally… Continue Reading →

Report – New linkNYC Kiosks Operational: 8th Avenue between 52nd and 58th Streets

By Leticia Ferreira De Souza Recently, Murilo, Manuel, and I went to the new linkNYC kiosks (links) on 8th Avenue, between 52nd and 58th streets. It is very interesting to see the development of the project and, especially in that location, it… Continue Reading →

First Impressions – Samsung 837: Where Technology and Culture Collide

Last week, PIRT member Merrilee went to visit Samsung’s newest New York City retail experience, Samsung 837.  She filed this report about what she found.   I went with my class to the Samsung Experience Store on Thursday, March 3. We went around 1pm, after… Continue Reading →

Report – Newly Operational linkNYC Kiosks Between 24th and 27th Streets

A few days ago Letícia and I went out to inspect more newly operational linkNYC kiosks in Manhattan, on Third Avenue between 24th and 27th Streets. We took team member Sean’s advice in terms of his recommendations for follow-up exploration, focusing particularly on the web browser’s content filtering mechanism, what the… Continue Reading →

First Impressions – Newly Deployed linkNYC Kiosks in Manhattan

This is a first installment of an ongoing documentation series, where Public Interactives Research Team will observe linkNYC kiosks being installed and brought into operational mode. The roll-out process began during late December and early January, where there are now a few operational and… Continue Reading →

How Does Designing for Movement Affect the Design of Public Interactives?

The Public Interactives Research Team welcomed special guest researcher and educator Renata Sheppard, whose work focuses on understanding the relationship between movement, technology, and performance. We discussed Laban Movement Analysis, a language system and translation of movement and meaning, and how the system lends itself… Continue Reading →

Project Update – Online Gallery of Public Interactives Database Now Contains More Than 1,000 Entries

A milestone has been achieved with respect to the Online Gallery of Public Interactives project. A curation process is ongoing in terms of collecting examples for entry into a database that will serve the forward and public facing version of the… Continue Reading →

Tinker Lab Project – The Reading Minion

Here in the School of Media Studies Tinker Lab (AKA, the Tinker Palace) we’re working on experimenting with Optical Character Recognition. Utilizing open source software, a web cam, pcDuino, and a Minion doll, we’re building a system capable of recognizing printed text… Continue Reading →

The Spring 2016 Semester Begins

Public Interactives Research Team will have it’s first meeting of the Spring 2016 semester on Friday, February 5th by taking a field trip to the New York Hall of Science to check out their Connected Worlds exhibit. One of the largest immersive, interactive,… Continue Reading →

What We’ve Been Up To – Fall 2015

By Leticia Ferreira De Souza   The Public Interactive Research Team has been keeping busy this Fall. We meet every Friday from 2pm to 4pm, at the School of Media Studies loft, to plan workshops, brainstorm about new projects, prepare finished… Continue Reading →

A Collection of Twitter Images from PIRT’s SIGGRAPH Experience

The Public Interactive’s Research Team had an amazing time this past August presenting the AIDS Quilt Touch Digital Experience at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles. We were honored to be able to show a small part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to… Continue Reading →

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