Points, the Internet-enabled future of street signs

Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 AM

Stuff like this really amuses me.

As I read about it and watched the video, I could help but think how wonderful something like this would be (and how well it would work) in a theme park setting. (turns out the video mentions theme parks in passing)

Signs pointing the way to rides with real-time line info. Pointing out shows when it gets close to show times. Even things like displaying tweets from guests inside the park and pointing in their direction (see the company site to try this feature out yourself). Hell, even advertising for what it's worth.

I dunno. Smart signage in the parks. Seems like a fortune waiting to be made. Plop a few of these at major traffic points throughout the park and you got something.

EDIT - fixed link

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Saturday, June 8, 2013 11:37 AM
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Saturday, June 8, 2013 3:05 AM

Your post starts out with a broken link, Gonch.

However I did watch the video on the page your second link "points" to, and I think it would be really cool for theme parks and zoos to have this. Not only could it give directions and wait times, it could even tell of ride closures.

Imagine this at Cedar Point near Coasters restaurant, for example. It would be cool to see the sign move every 30 seconds or so to point to different attractions. It would be like an informative functional animated sculpture.

Last edited by LostKause, Saturday, June 8, 2013 3:13 AM
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Saturday, June 8, 2013 7:34 AM

Very interesting. I agree with the two of you that it could be a very good idea in general, and it would be brilliant for theme parks. The signs themselves are unobtrusive, and if they work well (if they last for a long time), they'd be fantastic additions to an amusement park. This company is on its way to some serious cash.

Unless...

I am wondering about the other technologies out there that could end up making these signs a flash in the pan. A great example is the Google glasses coming out (heck, they might already be out). They're supposed to be capable of so much visual and informational tech that I can imagine theme parks utilizing some sort of system that gives out wait times and sends ads through the glasses. Even mapping through the park could be sent to the glasses. Right now almost no one has these, and I'm sure they're prohibitively expensive, but in the future, I think technologies like what Google is offering will be more commonplace (like cell phones). Of course, using these glasses specifically might not be a good idea because of theft and no loose articles policies...

Okay, for amusement parks, the signs are a pretty darn good idea. And just think: they could point the way to the gravy.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 7:57 AM

Or to the bathrooms. And water fountains. Wait...scratch that. Reverse it.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:17 AM

An amusement park directing anyone to free water? Ha ha ha!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 9:01 AM

The water is not free it is included in your admission ;)

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 2:45 PM

What, they're going to spoil the game for people? Some people tivo those games and don't want to know the score ahead of time.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 3:54 PM

Tivo? What year is this?

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 4:39 PM

I watched a great movie on Divx last night...

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Monday, June 10, 2013 12:25 AM

Awesome concept. I love new technology and think Points could work well at an amusement park on paper.

However, I think the motorization will be the product's downfall. I just wouldn't see these lasting very long at a park like CP. The maintenance crew would be far too busy tending to the Intamin's.

Then before you know it, guests will be jumping in the lake to ride Dragster and trying to order fries in the restrooms.

Last edited by Jeph, Monday, June 10, 2013 12:32 AM
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