Listen Here is a concept service for tourists that uses an electronic map connected to microphones around town to hear live ambient noise from all over the city
The idea is to have locals place microphones in their favorite parts of the city
At the map, a person can move a stethoscope-shaped RFID reader over each marker and listen to a live audio feed from that location.
Tourists want to experience the "sights and sounds" of everywhere they travel, but usually viewing the sights is much easier than hearing the sounds. It's one thing to look at the Statue of Liberty; it's quite another to be able to listen to the sounds around it. The UK designer behind the Listen Here concept would like to redress the balance by giving tourists a chance to hear audio from all over a town without having to actually go to each place. With microphones at different locations transmitting data to a central map, tourists would be able to simply point at a different and hear live ambient sound from all around a city.
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