Spanish technology company Via Inteligente is putting a world of information at your feet with its latest product, iPavement – a pavement slab that serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot with Bluetooth connectivity.
Apart from providing internet usage, the stones contain a 5GB microprocessor and an integrated Linux-compatible operating system that comes with a number of cloud-based apps for pedestrians to use while they are in the area. These apps include maps, coupons, virtual libraries, and even a service that provides alerts of obstructions and hazards on nearby streets.
Made of calcium carbonate, each slab weighs 25kg and measures 40x40x7cm. They are available in a smooth or corrugated finish, and boast a broadcast coverage of between 350 and 580 metres. Manufacturing begins this summer.