For the past decade, travel bloggers have played an increasingly important role in helping people explore the world around them. Recently, we were replaced by a robot. Albeit, its a really cool robot. Meet Points, quite possibly the smartest sign in the world, and the latest project from Brooklyn-based Breakfast.
At first glance, Points looks like little more than a flashy version of the standard sign post. Three arms pointing you in three directions. What more could you need, right? Points really shows its stuff when its three arms begin to rotate, sharing information about what’s great and near to you, pulled from a range of online sources like Foursquare, Twitter, local transportation agencies, and RSS feeds.
In addition to sharing general points of interest in close proximity, Points also features a menu at eye level that displays different categories, based on the time of day, so that you can find what you’re looking for without waiting for a recommendation that strikes your fancy. For example, on your morning walk to work, Points might serve up the best spots to grab a cup of coffee nearby, based on user ratings from across the internet. On the way home, however, Points is more likely to direct you to the nearest patio, pub, or restaurant, while maybe showing you the current score of the local hockey game in progress. That last feature is one I would strongly advise against for Toronto installations. It would really only depress everyone.
Broadly, Points is the latest addition to a growing number of day-to-day items that are being modernized and linked up to the internet. In the past few years, we’ve seen fridges, thermostats, cars, and glasses join the ranks of our much loved cell phones. Of course, Points is probably less likely to freak out the average technophobe than Google’s forthcoming project: Glass.
Keep an eye out for Points over the next few months as it will be available to rent starting July 1st – though we really hope to begin seeing these pop up as permanent features across New York and beyond in the not-so-distant future.
What do you think about Breakfast’s latest project? Let us know in the comment section below!
Breakfast. specializes in creating digital experiences that utilize custom robotics and devices to bridge the gap between online and the real world. They are based in Brooklyn, NY.