Boston Gets First E-Paper Wayfinding Sign

July 21, 2016 by Dave Haynes

Boston’s city hall plaza has what is being touted as the first e-paper wayfinding sign in the United States – a 32-inch electronic paper display that is daylight-readable and powered by solar.

The ruggedized sign, mounted in a totem on the plaza, is aimed at providing visitors with information on local events and help residents and visitors locate nearby landmarks.

The wayfinding sign is powered by Visionect’s technology, and the project is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), E Ink (based in the Boston ‘burbs) and Global Display Solutions (GDS). WalkBoston, an advocacy group focused on pedestrian issues, worked with them on a wayfinding design.

The PR language is a little fuzzy, but I assume this is a one-off trial, and these signs are not deployed all over central Boston just yet.

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