Well connected coffee?November 26, 2010
Sandpit for ideas:
The foyer of our building at MediaCityUK is big. It’s double height and has a cafe which will serve hot drinks, tea, coffee (gotta be GOOD coffee, I’m fussy), paninis, sandwiches etc.
The floor is tiled and if you look under a tile it has 4o Gb/s bandwidth connectivity to a bunch of media servers and to the rest of the building. Oh and big bandwidth out to anywhere else if you want. There is multichannel audio to support WFS and ambisonics, connections for hi-res video, fibre… every kind of cable we know and an empty conduit for cable X we haven’t thought of yet. There are 120 large hi-res video bricks, you can build them into a video wall, several walls, columns, cubes or pyramids of moving pictures like building up Lego bricks. It’s pretty flexible. There’s a gantry you can hang projectors and screens from, also microphones and cameras for motion tracking, proximity sensing – all in all, a whole bunch of stuff so that the technology can respond to people passing through, eating and drinking in the area.
If you’re in the cafe you can sit at one of ten or so multi-touch tables while you enjoy your coffee/tea/coke/whatever-your-drink-of-choice-is and interact with the ‘stuff’ going on in the space. Play with it, be creative. If you’re not at one of the multi-touch tables don’t worry, there’s an application layer for mobile devices so you can join in the fun with your phone.
The coffee’s not there yet but the foyer is and it’ll be open to the public in 11 months time (October 2011). One of my roles is to find some interesting, exciting, engaging and fun content to put in there that will start some interesting conversations, ideas and maybe partnerships and projects. There are some great ideas being put forward and I have a few myself but I’d be interested in hearing more.
So what would you do with a flexible, well connected, interactive, wifi’d, bluetoothed, motion tracked public cafe? What would you do with a well connected coffee?