British smart city uses your footsteps to map the stars – and make you feel safe

Aug 9, 2017 ·

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Feel safe as you map the night sky.

Cold, hard and dark – walking your city’s streets at night isn’t always pleasant.

But sometimes, if you’re lucky, the stars above shine bright; their warm glow beaming out a serene and heartening beauty.

Now, one smart city wants to unite its communities, by bringing the constellations of the sky a little closer to home.

Just by pounding the pavements, you can help map the heavens on earth.

"I wanted to create a project that revolved around night time, that encouraged people to feel safe outdoors in the dark, and to interact with each other," project lead Laura Kriefman, told The Memo.

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright, which launches across the British city of Oxford this week, is the first winner of the Smart Oxford Playable City Commission.

Now locals and tourists alike can come to together after dark to play with clusters of pressure sensitive floor lights across the city.

Created by award winning art group, the Guerilla Dance Project, the idea is that players can work together to map constellations from the night sky, with each "star" pulsating more brightly, the more stars are activated.

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