If you had a cell phone in the late 90s and early 2000s, or if you’ve been following video game development since the 1970s, you probably remember the very simple yet addicting game known as “Snake”. While the game appears quite primitive compared to timewasters of today, like Candy Crush and Angry Birds, Snake is far from forgotten, and fountain designers of Kings Cross’ Granary Square in London have given the game new life using colorful, app-controlled light bulbs. Any app user can control the fountain lights and play them game in huge public space.
“Players control the lights in the fountains by tilting their phones, which sends the snake in various directions. If you want to indulge in some Nokia nostalgia, the game can be played daily between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time. The development team behind the King’s Cross Granary Square is one of the partners leading a large scale redevelopment in this part of London.”
While this may seem like an amusing novelty on the surface, as an experiment in public controlled design and use of connected lighting, it could be applied to a number of other uses that may help us to communicate as well as play. How would you use a controllable lighting system such as this?