With uptake and visibility being two of the biggest challenges facing emerging networks, the postal service has units everywhere. Britain is covered with red, logically numbered and strategically situated boxes. Each one individually identifiable using an alpha-numeric sequence printed on the front. It's a system ready for re-appropriation.

We’ve talked a lot recently about changing peoples relationships with street furniture, but does it really matter whether people notice bus stops and bins? The Hello Lamp Post project is often rightly talked about in the context of the Internet of Things, and as we said the other day it’s hard to imagine working as a designer at this moment and not thinking about objects with embedded networks and systems, whether that’s glance-able communication in lamps or a domestic operating system. The internet of things is a term for objects that are the visible part of a wider network.

We've now had around 12,000 player messages come through on Hello Lamp Post. The website randomly cycles approved questions and answers, but we thought it might be interesting for you to see what our favourite things are that people are saying...

The first week of Hello Lamp Post (15-21st July) is complete and we thought it might be interesting to summarise how it went. Players initiated just shy of 2300 conversations with their objects. This amounted to 5221 player SMS messages sent.

In June, TEDx: Hamburg invited speakers to present ideas on the theme of City 2.0 - the future of urban living and what society can do to transform our cities. Here are my thoughts on the experiential potential of future city centres.

A thoroughly enjoyable 6 months of work culminated yesterday in a high-tea fuelled launch on College Green. The first conversations with Bristol's street furniture were held in a marquee in front of City Hall.

This week we've put up the holding page for Hello Lamp Post and as the counter tells you, we're less than a month from launch. We thought it would be worth talking about what we've been up to and what we've been finding out.

We’ve had the camera dolly for a while now and it’s been really useful in film work, helping to achieve interesting cinematic results. We wanted to add a motor for longer time-lapse panning shots and eliminate any undesirable vibration. This was a good opportunity for us to tinker with motors, as well as explore the ferric chloride etching process for making circuit boards. The first test is below. Driving setup We took a 21.2W 156:1 geared DC motor which we’ve had on our shelf for a while and added a T5 timing pulley and belt combination. One of our aims (more)

More pictures here El Ultimo Grito’s workshop programme Pilots is an undertaking at the Stanley Pickering Gallery that explores new forms of design education. The imperative for this discussion is the changing role of education in an open-data society. If you can learn anything on youtube, what is the role of the educator? Though it’s harder to learn a critical practice with embedded social and system thinking on youtube, it is unclear how long this will remain true. Identifying what institutions and educators roles are now and in the future is key to retaining the viability of a formal education. (more)

Last Wednesday evening our EEG controlled mini helicopter became airborne. It’s a lot of fun, though it takes time to master the techniques of concentration and meditation for precise control. EEG Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp. EEG measures voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain.

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