Reinvent the Payphone digital kiosk design finalists
New York City issued the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, asking "How can New York City reinvent payphones to make our city more accessible, safer, healthier, greener and better informed?" and has named a winner and five finalist designs.
Winner: Best connectivity. NYFi is designed to be an interactive portal to public information, goods and services, a hub for free wireless Internet access, and an open infrastructure for future applications. This particular size is targeted for high-traffic areas.
This is the smaller model for residential and historic districts where payphones have not traditionally been permitted. When not in use, the kiosk could display wayfinding information and local interest posts.
Winner: Best visual design. Topping out at nearly 12 feet, BEACON is a slender concrete and stainless steel structure enclosing a stack of LED matrix screens, similar to those found on Times Square billboards. The top screens are dedicated to digital signage while the bottom to NYC street life.
Winner: Best in creativity. NYC Loop combines a contemporary payphone with a tailored public space that can be chosen to suit New York's diverse communities. It provides smart screens for making calls and enhancing personal mobile communication. Piezoelectric pressure plates convert kinetic energy into electric energy to supply the Loop with power.
Winner: Best in community impact. The NYC I/O Responsive City updates the payphone with a modern array of sensors and displays to create a foundational input/output system for an open, urban-scale computing platform.
Winner: Best community impact. The Windchimes design features environmental sensor stations that talk through payphones. They can plug directly into existing technologies and communication infrastructure, making them low cost and immediately deployable.
Winner: Best functionality. The Smart Sidewalks design works within the existing sidewalk grid and has two main components. The ﬁrst lies ﬂush with the ground, and introduces a combined sensor and display with storm runoff storage below. The second stands vertical and functions as a touchscreen, Wi-Fi hub, energy source, charging station and a range of other functions.