Responsive Street Furniture
Designer: Ross Atkin and Jonathan Scott (Marshalls)
A bespoke digital aid for pedestrians
Responsive Street Furniture uses smart technology to make streets easier to use for disabled people with different kinds of impairments, including reduced mobility, low vision, blindness and learning difficulties. The system consists of a website where users can register their smartphone, or a low-cost key fob, then request helpful services such as additional places to sit, brighter street lighting, longer crossing times or audio information, which are activated when users approach a responsive item. The system could also be used for tourists and foreign visitors – providing audio information in native and foreign languages.