As a frequent pedestrian, I sometimes wonder why red lights at busy intersections last so long in one direction but the direction you want to cross seems to pass in just enough time to make it across at a fast clip (which always makes me worry for the old folk).
A project by students at students from HAWK (Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst – a University of Applied Sciences and Arts) in Hildesheim in Germany aims to make that wait time a little less boring. They posted a box on the walk signal pole on either side of the intersection. The box counts down the time you have to walk across the street and the time you need to wait. During the wait time, participants can play Pong, the person on the otherside of the street being the opponent.
The game ends when its time to cross which is good because I would probably miss a couple of walk lights playing the game.
- via Quipsologies