Bristol shortlists ten ideas for world’s first digital playground

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Ten ideas for the Playable City Award have been shortlisted to make Bristol into the world’s first Digital playground. The winning idea will be chosen by a panel of digital artists and innovators at the Watershed in January, and implemented in the summer of 2013. The ten ideas vary from song birds through informative lamp posts to mini robots competing across the city:
  • Arc project image
    A series of 3D scanning booths scattered throughout the city. Scan your body and see it play in the city’s augmented reality museum of life.
  • The balloonometer image
    Inviting the residents of Bristol to rediscover their spirit of playfulness. By bursting some balloons.
  • Cast Image
    An interactive pavilion, constructed using 3D scans of personal objects provided by the public, representing the different relationships people have with the city.
  • The City You Dreamed of image
    Tumbling out of a tip-up truck comes huge building blocks, all colours and shapes. Build your dream city, knock it down, and then build it again.
  • Hello Lamp Post image
    The city is waking up. Lamp posts, bus stops, post boxes and more: all are rising from their slumber. They have questions, and they need answers.
  • Still from Electricity Comes From Other Planets: film by Drew Cox
    An ‘album’ installed in a series of spaces throughout the city. Part light installation, part musical performance and part generative interface.
  • The jolly Brolly Mystery
    Explore Bristol while solving a murder mystery – even on rainy days. All you need is a Jolly Brolly, a clever umbrella that serves as your game assistant and guide.
  • Tiny Games Image
    A network of lightweight, robust digital screens situated around Bristol inviting passers-by to get involved and play.
  • Robot runners image
    A street game that blends public space, collaboration and a swarm of little wheeled robots.
  • Sing a little song image
    Digital songbirds are placed in trees, rooftops, alleys. Tweet them and hear your messages as beautiful bird song.
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Raspberry Pi stimulates computing for kids in Bristol

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi (Photo credit: tkramm)

One of the team behind the Raspberry Pi £25 computer is coming to @Bristol tomorrow evening to talk to kids in the region.

The Bristol chapter of the British Computing Society has invited Rob Bishop, 22, from the Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge to talk about the joy of making and using the Raspberry Pi. Rob will discuss how he got involved in the project as an intern at Broadcom (which has a development centre in Bristol as well as Cambridge) and why a career in engineering or computer science is awesome (and important!). There will also be a chance to get hands-on with a Raspberry Pi and to ask him any technical or non-technical questions you might have about engineering, computer science and the Raspberry Pi.

The talk will be followed by an opportunity for a Q&A alongside some demonstrations of how the Raspberry Pi can be used.

Rob Bishop is a Developer, Product Engineer & Evangelist for Raspberry Pi Foundation, one of the earliest engineers involved with the development of the Raspberry Pi and currently the only full-time paid employee in the Foundation.

The event starts at 1800 with the chance to have a look around @Bristol followed by the talk starting at 19:00.

Both BCS Members and Non Members are welcome – tickets are nearly sold out at

If you require any more information please contact

You can buy the Raspberry Pi at

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Bristol shortlisted for £24m Future City demonstrator project

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Proposals from four cities including Bristol have been shortlisted for final interview as the Technology Strategy Board’s £24 million Future Cities Demonstrator competition nears conclusion. The interviews are tomorrow (5th december) with the announcement of the winner in January 2013.

30 Local Authorities were awarded grants of £50,000 in July 2012 to develop feasibility studies and 26 submitted project proposals by the 14 November 2012 deadline. The feasibility studies will be made public in due course as part of the competition process.

The four shortlisted project proposals are (in alphabetical order);

The Technology Strategy Board is keen to build upon the involvement of all the Local Authorities in the process, and aim to continue working together.  It says it will explore further opportunities to collaborate and develop the ideas and themes addressed in the applications, for example through the development of the Future Cities Catapult centre due to open next year.

Bristol’s Future City bid brings together many of the strengths of the region, from the microelectronics cluster with global expertise in microcontrollers, wireless technology and sensors for the Internet of Things, as well as robotics and smart meters, advanced materials from the aerospace cluster, low carbon and renewable energy innovations in building technology and new digital content from the creative sector.


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