The City of New York is excited to announce Reinvent Payphones, a joint initiative of NYC Digital and the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The goal of the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge is to rally urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical/virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones that best meet the needs of a changing, modernizing and...  Continue reading... ever-connected global city. The role of payphones has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Once a primary method for communicating in public space, payphones are now widely viewed as a supplementary resource, and the widespread adoption of mobile devices reduces the overall need for public telephones. But not everyone owns a mobile phone, and not everyone has connectivity at all times. Publicly accessible communications tools remain critical, especially in times of emergency.

Through Reinvent Payphones, the City will cultivate innovative ideas to help shape the future design and functionality of the current payphones infrastructure. The City of New York is inviting teams of participants to participate, and will select up to 15 teams to demonstrate their prototypes to a panel of judges on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Participants are encouraged to join CollabFinder in order to build teams, share ideas, and collaborate on reinvent payphones projects. Make sure to tag your project idea "Reinvent Payphones" for easy searching. You must submit your final project idea to nyc.gov/reinventpayphones by February 18, 2013 for consideration as a semi-finalist.

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Windchimes: Plug-and-play environmental sensing for payphones

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Scientists
  • Members
  • Ann Chen
  • Nock Wong
Video Demo: http://vimeo.com/61191081 Windchimes are environmental sensor stations that talk through payphones. They can plug directly into existing technologies and communication infrastructure, making them low cost and immediately deployable. We imagined New York City's existing 11,000 payphones as a distributed sensor network providing real-time and hyper-local records of the city’s rain levels, pollution and other environmental conditions. Windchimes were engineered with the past, present…
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NYC Loop

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Scientists
  • Members
  • Emily Alli
The existing condition of the city-wide payphone system has created a latent opportunity to rethink the relationship between a more technologically-relevant, new payphone design and the city’s vibrant public space. The NYC Loop will serve as an access point to the latest technology while simultaneously supporting the public spaces that make NYC a unique place in which to live, visit and do business. NYC Loop combines a beautiful, contemporary payphone with a uniquely tailored public space that…
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NYFi

Project needs  Developers
  • Members
  • Andrew Kao
Reinventing the Payphone is not only about a sleeker design or a digital display, it is about radically reimagining a public amenity; how it will be used, and what it will provide. Unlike today’s payphone, the NYFi will be an interactive portal to public information, goods, and services, a hub for free wireless internet access, and an open infrastructure for future applications. The NYFi features two interfaces, and a simple touch* activates the height sensitive interactive zone on either face.…
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NYC I/O: Responsive City

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Scientists
  • Members
  • Stacey Levine
Control Group and Titan partnered to create NYC I/O— the transformation of the corner payphone into a digital node that will usher in a new era of The Responsive City. By updating the payphone with a modern array of sensors and displays to create a foundational input/output system for an open, urban-scale computing platform, we can allow New York City to respond to and serve the people. Through open access to real time data and a distribution platform for community, civic, arts and comercial apps…
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Kiosk prototype for a Payphone

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
  • Members
  • Steven Reubenstone
  • Blinky Comix
A virtual prototype for "Reinvent Payphones". This prototype is based on a karaoke machine in mechanics to outstand the rigors of urban traffic. It can be mounted onto a kiosk, or it can be mount into the existing infrastructure of phone booths. It has mechanical three buttons along the side for "connect", "disconnect", and "emergency services". Along with two payment methods- coin and card. Numeric input is along the bottom with 10 mechanical buttons. When…
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Reinventing the Payphone

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists
  • Members
  • Yaadinfo Jamaican-News
New York City's Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, has initiated a competition that challenges entrants to reinvent the payphone ( http://www.mikebloomberg.com/index.cfm?objectID=68A7D21F-C29C-7CA2-F3DAE67890E057B5 ), something that certainly would require a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. I have developed a concept and wish to work with a team of programmers and designers to bring this to fruition. Programmers/developers and graphic/model designers that would like to team up on this let me know.
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Payphone to Infobooth

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers
  • Members
  • Brandon Spruill
  • Kyan Wan
  • Lucas Smith
  • Bailey McCann
  • Aeshvarya Verma
  • Brian Blocker
"Reinvent Payphones" This project, for the "Reinvent Payphones" initiative in New York, will convert old payphone locations into accessible, multi-language "info centers." These info centers will have a touch interfaces that allows users to find directions, get weather, transit info, news, "check in," etc. The centers will also feature accessibility options for persons with disabilities (blind/deaf/limited mobility). Info centers will also optionally communicate…