NYC Payphone

NYC Payphone

 

A reimagined payphone for NYC

Date: 2013
Status: Competition Entry

 

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy reminded New York of how valuable our public payphones can be during times of crisis. Back40’s Payphone was a submission to the NYC Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, Back40 focused on aspects of connectivity, accessibility, safety and community support to propose a ‘smartphone for the city’.  The device comprises a large flat-panel, touchscreen display that serves variously as billboard, community message board, interactive information kiosk, wifi hotspot or emergency beacon, while also incorporating an old fashioned copper, hard-wired telephone connection to ensure connectivity during power outages.

 
 

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