Students Sandro Engel and Holger Michel at HAWK University in Germany created a project bringing social media to the crosswalk. Instead of simply waiting among the zoned-out hordes for the light to change, two lucky walkers could compete against one another in a game of pong on the crosswalk controller.

The catch: it isn't real. Using a small green screen on the yellow box, the entire interaction was created using visual effects. We still give them full marks for the idea, though. You can check it out in the video below.

STREETPONG from HAWK Hildesheim on Vimeo.



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        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        Given the crossing is using a LCD screen to display the crossing information, the "useless thing" you refer to could just as easily have been done by the programmers at no charge or certainly for very little. Much less than a Sonata, which is also a useless thing.
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great, so now bored turkish kids will constantly cause the light to turn red for car traffic because they want to play and can't afford a gameboy.
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      This only works in Germany because people there actually seem to respect the crosswalk signals. They wait. I've been called out by strangers for "j-walking" across an empty road there. But I escaped the 10-euro fine cops slapped on some other "ugly Americans" I knew for traipsing across deserted streets against the light. I can never really understand how incredibly neurotic Germans are about following rules and minimizing risk and avoiding annoyance to others (e.g., no vacuum cleaning on Sundays, etc.). But when they get on the Autobahn they want to go 150 just because they can.
        twofingersneak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        it's a social trait i wouldn't mind seeing here in the good 'ol US of A, honestly. ze germans are perhaps the most considerate people i've ever come across when it comes to social situations. their cultural norms permit them to have unlimited-speed autobahns whereas ours doesn't - in germany, you simply don't have that douchebag who parks in the left-hand lane doing 5 less than the speed limit because he feels that its his constitutional right to not yield for anyone behind him.
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          Joe Saab
          • 1 Year Ago
          @twofingersneak
          So, they're "most considerate people in social situations?" Did they knock before coming into Poland?
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        That's very similar in Nordics/Scandinavia. Coming from a yank who has been living there for past 5 years.
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      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Schei├če does not mean "Damn."
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soul Shinobi
        Haha, correct. I have used that phrase many a time while fighting Nazis in Call of Duty.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a neat way to fight jaywalking
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