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Pavegen, Bird Street, London smart street

UK-based technology company Pavegen built a sidewalk in London made up of kinetic pavement that turns pedestrians’ footsteps into energy. The 107-square-foot display on “Bird Street” harnesses and converts the power of footsteps into electricity that supplies energy for lights and bird sounds (h/t inhabitat). Walkers can connect via Bluetooth to an app on their phones to see how many joules of energy they’ve generated. Plus, the company partnered with local businesses that then will reward users with discounts and vouchers for their footsteps.

Learn more about the sustainable sidewalks

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  • See Who Else Is Listening To The Song You’re Playing – Right Now: Spotify’s new feature Serendipity shows an interactive map of who else is listening to the exact same song you’re listening to right now. Guess you can’t say you have a unique taste in music anymore. Learn more on The Verge.
  • Control The Lights of Two Skyscrapers From Your Phone: So your smartphone can basically do anything. New York Daily News reports that with a mobile app you can control the spire lights of two midtown skyscrapers: 1 Bryant Park and 4 Times Square.
  • QR Coded Pins Given to Chinese Senior Citizens to Help Them Find Their Way Home: More proof that your smartphone is way too smart. Pins with QR codes filled with personal information like home address, emergency contact and such were given to  local elderly residents in China’s Anhui Province to help them find their way home if they get lost. Springwise has the details of this innovative campaign.
  • From Empty Tunnel to Awesome Skate Park: Footwear brand, Vans, took over the empty Old Vic tunnels at London Waterloo and turned them into the House of Vans, a super rad skate park and arts venue. Creative Review features the only indoor park in London and its future plans for concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and more.

Images: House of Vans courtesy of Creative Reivew (left); QR badges for Chinese seniors courtesy of Springwise (right)

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