In the age of smartphones, how can a phone booth be reinvented?
New York City 2012 – 11,000 public phone booths, down from 35, 000 15 years ago. When technology advances so fast, what is going to happen to public pay phones?
Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg, NYC’s mayor, launched the competition ‘Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge’, inviting everyone to submit ideas on redesigning the phone booths, with the only requirement that phone calls can still be made, especially in cases of emergency. For details on conditions of participating and deadlines, check out the contest website.
How would you transform the pay phones?