ttons in public spaces are exciting. They give a sense of control in cities that are increasingly technology-driven. Particularly children seem to find it interesting to push a button, even when they’re not sure about what’s going to happen when they do it.
Launched a few weeks ago, Bt.tn is a neatly designed button that can be connected to the Internet in order to trigger any specific action. Bt.tn is based on the IFTTTprotocol, which stands for If this then that. This means that a push on the button leads to one specific pre-programmed action wherever in the world. A push on the button at your desk, for instance, will send out a specific order to a local lunchroom. An older person could use the button to send an SMS alert to a relative if they’re not feeling well.
It’s been almost two years since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City and caused unprecedented chaos. 8.5 million people were left without electricity, and 650,000 houses and 100,000 companies were either damaged or destroyed.
Since then, numerous ideas have emerged with a view to making New York more resilient.