My personal credo / bad habit of saying YES to opportunity recently paid off as I got to work with the talented designer Mayo Nissen on a hardware hacking project. Mayo was invited to reincarnate a project of his called City Tickets for a show at the Boston Society of Architects Space called Reprogramming the City, and our mutual friend Debbie Chachra introduced us. Since I work a few blocks from the BSA Space and ride past the building daily, I couldn’t say no.
The challenge? Reprogram a city parking ticket kiosk and connect it to Boston’s Citizen’s Connect service API. The idea of the project is that this expensive infrastructure is equipped with solar power, wireless networking, and a printer–can it be used for any purpose other than spitting out parking receipts? Show curator Scott Burnham convinced the BTD to loan us a Parkeon Strada with the electronics removed, and we went to work with just a few short weeks before the show’s opening.