Information Right Below Your Feet
Have you come across a situation where you felt disconnected and lost when traveling overseas? As we become more and more comfortable with using the Internet – from socializing to finding our way around – we tend to take for granted the networks that we connect to on a day-to-day basis. The moment you enter a foreign country, your device may not be able to connect to any network, making you feel even more helpless until you find a Wi-Fi hotspot or purchase a prepaid line.
To go online, users tend to gravitate towards hotspots. However, setting up these towers takes both money and space, which can be rather hard to find in smaller countries. Spanish tech company, Inteligente has foreseen this particular problem and suggested an interesting way to solve it. Why not put the hotspot in the ground? That is exactly what iPavement is setting out to do.
Concealed within a slab of concrete, the iPavement will come with a sophisticated system that is integrated with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a custom operating system, Viacities OS, that comes complete with its own apps and sensors. This provides users access to a wealth of information such as city maps, promotions around the vicinity and even a digital library – all at the bottom of their feet.
Imagine being able to visit a new city or country and use the iPavement to direct yourself to the nearest restaurant or hotel, while also providing something for you to read without going through the trouble of using a map or guidebook.
Till next time.
Chong Jinn Wei / Freelance Writer
A person who is torn between the digital realm and the material realm. Loves videogames, manga and especially Gundams though I am currently trying stay a float in the vast ocean that is the Internet.