Raincoats designed for buildings. Hexagonal, heated pavement. Object-classifying cameras. That’s just a sampling of the prototypes Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs today detailed at an event in Toronto — ideas it says it’s been exploring for the Toronto urban redevelopment project announced last year.
“The weather plays a big role in determining how much time we spend outdoors,” Sidewalk Labs wrote in a blog post. “While the seasons drive the character of how we live in Toronto — trips to the island during the summer or pumpkin parades in the fall — it is no secret that outdoor activity is concentrated in the six-month period from April through October when the weather is pleasant. [These are] some of ideas … [to] make outdoor public space the social default year-round.”