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We are the Public Interactives Research Lab

PIRL 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 mediated conversations with audiences members in communal spaces such as museums, theme parks, tradeshows, … Continue reading We are the Public Interactives Research Lab

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 was nice to see how they are taking the paid phones out and installing links … Continue reading Report – New linkNYC Kiosks Operational: 8th Avenue between 52nd and 58th Streets

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 lunch time, so there weren’t very many people inside the store when we got there. The … Continue reading First Impressions – Samsung 837: Where Technology and Culture Collide

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 kiosk's touchscreen does when it is not being used, and whether or not the kiosk seemed to be … Continue reading Report – Newly Operational linkNYC Kiosks Between 24th and 27th Streets

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 non-operational kiosks in place along Third Avenue, between 14th street and 92nd street, in the east … Continue reading First Impressions – Newly Deployed linkNYC Kiosks in Manhattan

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 towards interaction design. A point that emerged during our discussions is that, based on our observations, most reactive environmental … Continue reading How Does Designing for Movement Affect the Design of Public Interactives?

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 project, where that database has now grown to hold over ONE THOUSAND entries. Some entries … Continue reading Project Update – Online Gallery of Public Interactives Database Now Contains More Than 1,000 Entries

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, and reactive installations of its kind, Connected Worlds is a great place to begin our … Continue reading The Spring 2016 Semester Begins

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 works to festivals and conferences and talk about Public Interactives we have been experiencing. The … Continue reading What We’ve Been Up To – Fall 2015

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 conference attendees. The following is a collection of images found on Twitter via our #pirtsiggraph … Continue reading A Collection of Twitter Images from PIRT’s SIGGRAPH Experience

PIRT at SIGGRAPH LiveBlog Final Day

Tweets about #pirtsiggraph since:2015-08-13 // Thursday, August 13th – 10:40 pm PDT Hi again, everyone! So the dust on our final day at SIGGRAPH 2015 has settled a little bit but not completely. The team definitely has more to share in summation of our experiences during the show. We'll be posting those in various forms here over … Continue reading PIRT at SIGGRAPH LiveBlog Final Day