A funny thing about living in city is that even though you’re physically living close to your neighbors, you don’t really spend that much time connecting with them. It’s the opposite of what you would think would happen, but it seems like whenever there are millions of people living right on top of one another, there are millions of ways to avoid actually having to make eye contact.
This is what makes this traffic light simulation in Germany so brilliant — it lets you play Pong with the person across the street from you while you wait to cross the street. As you can see in the video below, the premise is simple — wait for the light to switch to red and the game begins!
STREETPONG is a concept of urban interaction by Sandro Engel and Holger Michel, developed at the HAWK Hildesheim, Faculty of Art. It is a simulation, not a permanent installation.
You can also watch the video on YouTube.