Workshop at frog Design


After interning at Frog design over the summer, I got an opportunity to visit them and update Froggers with my thesis. I took this opportunity to create a workshop. From my 5 ideas, I decided to pursue the lamp post/traffic light idea (See 5 ideas) and wanted to get feedback validate my assumptions and reactions to ideas proposed.


Assumption 1: Street and traffic lights are the best options to be used for temporary users for post-disaster settings.


Assumption 2: Creating and add-on to an existing infrastructure would be cheaper and faster, rather than building something new.


Assumption 3:  Panic due to lack of information ad communication are major issues after a disaster.

Opportunities areas


Communication: To use street and traffic lights to provide electricity and low bandwidth wifi, that will allow people to communicate with remote family/friends until help arrives.

Thoughts from Frog: 

  1. Create a block-wide mesh network, so that if one is destroyed, there are many back-ups.

  2. Charging the phone is a bigger issue

  3. OLED street signs could highlight evacuation routes

  4. Solar panels to re-absorb light


Information update: To use street and traffic lights to inform residents when help would arrive. “FEMA will arrive in 1 day”

Thoughts from Frog:

  1. If I am connecting to the internet through street lamps, I could get alerts from the phone. This should be combined with communication

  2. Use a speaker, instead of sign. There should be 1 per 2-3 blocks.

  3. Projection messages in streetlights


Water source: To use street and traffic lights to provide trusted drinkable water

Thoughts from Frog:

  1. Requires heavy overhead from NYC politics

  2. Consider storing and transporting water during a flood

  3. Create a shower during crisis

  4. What about a pump for clean water


Warning: To use street and traffic lights to block off an intersection

Thoughts from Frog:

  1. If you are in New York City, residents will not pay attention

  2. Geo tracking on phones will tell people to stop when they are nearing a disaster area

  3. Use lights as way finding devices

  4. Find my location, by pressing a button on lamp post