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Poetry in Mexico City’s Metro

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by Adrien Geneste | 06.28.11

From the 23rd to the 29th of this past April, as part of the World Book and Copyright Day, the hallways and platforms of the Mexico City metro reverberated with the verses of more than 40 Hispanic poets.

In California, car drivers will soon be able to predict traffic jams

In California, car drivers will soon be able to predict traffic jams

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L'Express | 06.27.11 | Quick Read

35 to 40 minutes: this is the length of time within which IBM prides itself to be able to predict traffic jams. While until now, traffic maps usually displayed traffic flows in real time, the American firm is using both mobile phones and fixed sensors to anticipate traffic jams even before they happen.

Nicolas Reydel

Nicolas Reydel

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Designer and founder | Denovo


ParisAvant, augmented reality serving History

ParisAvant, augmented reality serving History

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by Adrien Geneste | 06.24.11

Like the London application Streetmuseum, ParisAvant enables tourists to discover the capital through old photographs and postcards, playing with all the possibilities of augmented reality. Developed by the creators of the tourist application Geoquestour, in partnership with the website ParisAvant, the application is available from now on the AppStore.

Fontainebleau future laboratory for green innovations

Fontainebleau future laboratory for green innovations

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by Elsa Sidawy | 06.23.11

Favoured by a historical and natural heritage that has made it famous, the city of Fontainebleau could do without thinking about its ecological conversion. But the city council wishes, on the contrary, to become an open-air laboratory to experiment innovative solutions.

Clamor, a virtual memory of urban sounds

Clamor, a virtual memory of urban sounds

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by Elsa Sidawy | 06.22.11

While in Madrid on the Puerta del Sol, a visitor carefully listens and relives the events of spring. Soon reality overtakes imagination. Throughout the development of Clamor (Clameurs), the application’s founders have asserted its cultural and social impact. Record or listen to sounds on the move. Relive moments in history, share feelings about a situation or recommend places of interest to the community, all via smartphone.

Inflate a balloon for a better city

Inflate a balloon for a better city

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by Jeroen Beekmans | 06.21.11

These days lots and lots of artistic projects are aimed at improving human interaction in public space. Montréal’s Museum of Possibilities (Musée des Possibles) is such a project, but a special one, that seems to be a physical life-sized version of the recently featured online crowdsourcing project Give a Minute.

A mobile phone application said to fight against insecurity

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by Adrien Geneste | 06.21.11

Opening yet another market in the insecurity sector, Ephemeris Entertainment announced the official launching of its free application called “BeSafe!” and meant to evaluate the level of insecurity according to time and place.

A collapsible helmet for cyclists who prefer to travel light

A collapsible helmet for cyclists who prefer to travel light

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by Adrien Geneste | 06.17.11

Bike helmets? Urban cyclists tend to go without head protection, often claiming helmets are just too cumbersome. Because bike helmets cannot be easily stored or even left hanging on a bike during the day, many cyclists, often forgot security in favor of practicality. In order to address this alarming finding, Overade, created a foldable helmet that has passed all crash tests.

Emmanuel Birlouez

Emmanuel Birlouez

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Founder | Spectralys


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