Playful City Experiments

I recently met Cambridge social computing researcher Daniele Quercia at a 30-minute lunch time talk at University College London. He presented fascinating work that uses Twitter data to compare sentiment between neighbourhoods in London. More on that in another post hopefully. But, it started me thinking again about cities and emotion – one of the strongest research threads of Affect Lab. It reminded me of these greats projects:

Public Face II, by artists Richard Wilhelmer, Julius von Bismarck and Benjamin Maus. It uses facial recognition software to measure the mood of residents in Lindau, Germany. The 8-metre high smiley – installed on a lighthouse and made of steel and neon tubes – changes shape as the mood does…



How Do You Feel Helsinki? a project conducted by IBM and initiated by the city of Helsinki using user-inputted data to visualize the emotions of city dwellers.
How do you feel Helsinki?

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