nEmesis Engine Tells You Which Resturants To Avoid

A new system developed at the University of Rochester aims to give users genuine opinions about a restaurant before you commit your money. Called “nEmesis,” their software uses machine learning to listen to geotagged tweets that match a restaurant location. It follows that user’s tweets for 72 hours, and captures any information about them feeling ill. Though it’s not good at accounting for random bouts of the flu amidst genuine food poisonings, over a four month period it correctly identified 480 reports of food poisoning. So maybe before you risk that C-rated lunch spot in NYC, check out nEmesis to see what’s really going on.  

City-Wide Art Initiative Promoted By Twitter Piano

From June 1st through June 16th, 88 pianos will be placed throughout the five boroughs by the non-profit Sing for Hope, whose mission is to provide public art and “Art for All.” One of these pianos is interactive, and takes music requests through Twitter. Using the handle @stanleypiano, users can tweet a song they would like the piano to perform, which would in turn be added to the queue. A notification is sent when the song is about to be performed. Clearly, the opportunity for the public to physically work with art via social media is a powerful interaction that can be leveraged on many levels. 

Interactive Maps: Coming to a Subway Platform Near You

Some NYC subway stations are about to receive a functional boost in the form of interactive subway maps designed by Antenna Design, the firm also responsible for the ubiquitous MetroCard vending machines.  The tall (6 foot, 4 inch) screens will also serve up advertising administered by CBS Outdoor and Control Group, providing an opportunity for savvy advertisers to serve interactive ad experiences to a captive audience during the (hopefully) short wait on the platform.  The primary purpose of the screens is to provide information to travelers, so ads may be suspended with a simple tap.  The program is expected to remain in beta through 2015 at 16 of the busiest stations in MTA’s system.

New York City To Replace 250 Pay Phones With Touch Screen Kiosks

It looks like New York is close to phasing out all it’s pay phones, recently replacing two hundred and fifty of them for touch screen kiosks. In partnership with Cisco and City 24/7, the new displays will have the ability to provide city information, emergency alerts, in addition to local business deals and coupons. With decent reach and location based integration, NYC smart screens could be an interesting out of home channel.