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Crosswalk That Lets You Play Pong With A Stranger On The Other Side Installed In Germany
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Design, Product Design7 years ago

Crosswalk That Lets You Play Pong With A Stranger On The Other Side Installed In Germany

A team of creative design students have finally installed their brilliant invention, which went viral in 2012 –  a crosswalk button that will allow strangers to play pong with one another while they wait for the light to change. Amelie Künzler and Sandro Engel, two interactive design students at HAWK university, had it installed in the German city of Hildesheim just a couple of weeks ago with the help of a team of tech developers.

The idea for their Actiwait button went viral when the students, along with a third colleague, Holger Michel, published their concept video in 2012. Though it was just a fake visualization, it garnered millions of views and likes. After overcoming numerous technological challenges and red tape, a test unit has been installed at a crosswalk in Hildesheim in front of HAWK University (Google Maps).

Read on for Amelia and Sandro’s answers to Bored Panda’s questions about their clever and fun product!

More info: hawk-hhg.de | urban-invention.com | Vimeo | Indiegogo (h/t: colossal)

The idea came while waiting for the light to turn green. Sandro always needed to wait a traffic light in front of our Campus and one day thought ‘this could be more fun’ and so he developed the concept and the first video with Holger Michel, who a few moth later left the team,” Sandro and Amelie told Bored Panda

People are mostly excited and happy to have such a device. They smile and get to know each other. There are even visitors from other cities and countries who are coming to play a match of streetpong. Some don’t understand the concept behind it immediately but if we explain it to them they think it is great and don’t want to stop playing

Here’s what the final product (installed 2 weeks ago in Hildesheim, Germany) actually looks like:

The touchscreen is a platform on which we can show videos, pictures and it can be used as a device for communication. So we think cities could use it as guides through a city our to give children traffic education right there. We are also developing new devices for the Subway for example, but that one is still a long way to go!

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BenAdams
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7 years ago

As if I needed another reason to go to Germany.

JohnSilke
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7 years ago

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ResurrectionArt
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7 years ago

Great way to make friends!

RJazz909
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7 years ago

Why is this not here in america??!?! Does anyone else think they should mass produce these in every country?!?!

ViktorPenc
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7 years ago

Cool, you got few millions spare?

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RoxanneVillaos
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7 years ago

Brilliant idea! Ha! Ha! @GoPromotional

Wibbi
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3 years ago

Unfortunately it was removed again.... I would have loved to try it out though

digitfields
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7 years ago

Great Idea!

JacobReid
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7 years ago

its beautiful

Aurum Ore
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7 years ago

Should stop quite a bit of jaywalking I'd imagine!

JamesCaldwell
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7 years ago

That's a good way to pass the time.

AleesaAdams
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7 years ago

this is as awesome as $20 "garlic chopping goggles" at Bed Bath and Beyond ($5 swim goggles). I declared that the start of our decline.

Michael Turner
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7 years ago

Pong and not Frogger?

MichaelTurner
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7 years ago

Pong and not Frogger?

Jo psychic
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7 years ago

lol what next

BarryJohn
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7 years ago

Neat idea

MichaelMiller
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7 years ago

Love it

JohnSilke
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7 years ago

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AnneStafford-wade
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7 years ago

Fantastic fun!

Bonnie Welch
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7 years ago

very cool

KristapsĶēdis
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7 years ago

It's brilliant idea! :D

BrittaSpecht
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7 years ago

jajaja, our famours Hildesheim! Top of technic :-)

ArjanvanMourik
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7 years ago

There was a show on Nat Geo last night with this idea (they used tug of war), but they claimed it originated from Sweden (in use there).

BenAdams
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7 years ago

As if I needed another reason to go to Germany.

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ResurrectionArt
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7 years ago

Great way to make friends!

RJazz909
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7 years ago

Why is this not here in america??!?! Does anyone else think they should mass produce these in every country?!?!

ViktorPenc
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7 years ago

Cool, you got few millions spare?

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RoxanneVillaos
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7 years ago

Brilliant idea! Ha! Ha! @GoPromotional

Wibbi
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3 years ago

Unfortunately it was removed again.... I would have loved to try it out though

digitfields
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7 years ago

Great Idea!

JacobReid
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7 years ago

its beautiful

Aurum Ore
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7 years ago

Should stop quite a bit of jaywalking I'd imagine!

JamesCaldwell
Community Member
7 years ago

That's a good way to pass the time.

AleesaAdams
Community Member
7 years ago

this is as awesome as $20 "garlic chopping goggles" at Bed Bath and Beyond ($5 swim goggles). I declared that the start of our decline.

Michael Turner
Community Member
7 years ago

Pong and not Frogger?

MichaelTurner
Community Member
7 years ago

Pong and not Frogger?

Jo psychic
Community Member
7 years ago

lol what next

BarryJohn
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7 years ago

Neat idea

MichaelMiller
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7 years ago

Love it

JohnSilke
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7 years ago

Easy online jobs on following web address... http://clickads-report.tk

AnneStafford-wade
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic fun!

Bonnie Welch
Community Member
7 years ago

very cool

KristapsĶēdis
Community Member
7 years ago

It's brilliant idea! :D

BrittaSpecht
Community Member
7 years ago

jajaja, our famours Hildesheim! Top of technic :-)

ArjanvanMourik
Community Member
7 years ago

There was a show on Nat Geo last night with this idea (they used tug of war), but they claimed it originated from Sweden (in use there).

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