Urban Atmospheres

Urban Atmospheres-more than green

“Urban Atmospheres is a collection of newly emerging urban based research projects being conducted across Intel Research. (…)

Urban Atmospheres captures a unique, synergistic moment – expanding urban populations, rapid adoption of Bluetooth mobile devices, tiny ad hoc sensor networks, and the widespread influence of wireless technologies across our growing urban landscapes. The United Nations recently reported that 48 percent of the world’s population current live in urban areas and that this number is expected to exceed the 50 percent mark world wide by 2007. (…)

We argue that now is the time to initiate inspirational research into the very essence of these newly emerging technological urban spaces. We desire to move towards an improved understanding of the emotional experience of urban life. We are currently conducting a number of Urban Probes – a lightweight, provocative, intervention methodology designed to rapidly deconstruct urban situations, reveal new opportunities for technology in urban spaces, and guide future long term research in urban computing.”

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