The people of Oxford are set to adopt a new family.
Three friendly, nomadic characters – that look somewhere between robots, simple objects and cartoon characters – will ask the people of Oxford to show them their newly adopted city. These characters will be lifted, rolled and moved between the city’s public spaces by the people. The characters will ask questions and suggest challenges all in a quest of discovering new places, finding out how people feel about the city and helping the people of Oxford to meet others they’ve not met before.
Each of the three characters is connected to the internet, constantly gathering data on their whereabouts and the responses to the questions and challenges. This data will be made openly available through Oxfordshire Open Data and will also be displayed on the characters very own website. If people haven’t bumped into them yet, their current location will be viewable for all, allowing people to catch up with them, wherever they are. This map also colourfully displays the paths the three characters have taken, visualising the ’emotional contours’ of the city through the succinct responses to the various questions and challenges.