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Prototypes for discoverable services in public space

Prototypes for discoverable services in public space

One of our main research objectives at VURB is to explore the possible dynamics between a digitally empowered citizenry and their increasingly ‘smart’, reactive public environment. What types of network services in public space will become institutionalized public infrastructure, taken for granted like transit systems? How will public and private domains of network services interact? Who will be allowed to make changes to environmental systems in public contexts?... 

Alpha Release: Urbanode

Alpha Release: Urbanode

It’s been a while since we first announced Urbanode. Today we are pulling back to the curtains a little more with a release of some code and a few raw clips of us testing while connected to a lighting table at a nightclub in the heart of Amsterdam. Urbanode lets web developers connect to hardware and control it via javascript. So how does this work? Urbanode lets you declare a local “node” or service. Let’s say that our node in this case is “Melkweg”,...