Moment Machine: Opportunities and Challenges of Posting Situated Snapshots onto Networked Public Displays

  • Nemanja Memarovic
  • Ava Fatah gen Schieck
  • Efstathia Kostopoulou
  • Moritz Behrens
  • Martin Traunmueller
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8120)


Large public displays are becoming a ubiquitous resource in the urban environment. Interconnected over the Internet these hitherto isolated “ad displays” could become a novel and powerful communication medium – networked public displays. One example for such a novel type of communication is their use as community tools. Scattered across the urban landscape and equipped with additional sensors, such as cameras, they provide the opportunity for local community members to take images of themselves and leave their “mark” in the setting, e.g., on their way to school, work, or meeting with friends. In order to understand the potential of posting situated snapshots on networked public displays in the context of place-based communities we designed and developed the Moment Machine – a networked public display application that allows one-click photo capture. In this paper we report on identified opportunities and challenges emerging from 6 user trials in the wild at 2 locations.


networked public displays urban screens situated snapshots community interaction public space urban computing urban informatics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nemanja Memarovic
    • 1
  • Ava Fatah gen Schieck
    • 2
  • Efstathia Kostopoulou
    • 2
  • Moritz Behrens
    • 2
  • Martin Traunmueller
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of InformaticsUniversity of Lugano (USI)LuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.The BartlettUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.UCL ICRI-CitiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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