Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eco-Neighbuzz Apartment Buzzer Converts Your Building Into a Local Facebook Directory

gizmodo: "Door buzzers/intercoms are one of those fugly things in your house that nobody pays attention to. Which is precisely the contrary of this Eco-Neighbuzz, a beautiful intercom that allows you to exchange messages with neighbours.

You can think about the Eco-Neighbuzz as a way to build a local Facebook in your own building. Neighbours would be able to drop messages into your unit and viceversa, enabling an ongoing communication with the people around you, and opening the possibilities to collaboration between everyone in the building. As designer Korhan Buyukdemirci explains: 'Eco-neighbuzz is an apartment buzzer & intercom system with additional features. Today's existing intercom systems work only between outside door and flat. However, we can improve this system to support the existing community inside the building. Even though today we are living in tall concrete blocks built in big metropolises, we are not communicating with our neighbours as we did years ago. Sometimes we even don't know who is living in the building and what they are doing.'

It's a good idea. On one side I like this building community system, but do we really need to blow one of the few opportunities we have to interact with humans face to face? And even if we agree that this could help communication, I don't know if people would be interested in doing it. Example: I know that the four hot girls next door won't be happy about me stalking them via intercom messages too."

FF: "HK apt sud have this, then we can use the intercoms to lend and borrow PS3's games"

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