I am watching you in Anagura

How people can be tracked even without a phone

There is a well known fact that your phone acts as a tracking device (and listening device in some cases).
There is also known that if you leave your phone in a Faraday’s Box, plus if you remove it’s battery (unless is an iPhone), you are safe of being tracked.

Well, last summer in Tokyo Future Museum I saw a working model of people/crowds tracking without any personal LBS (location based service).

The virtual place was called Anagura. It was a room, where at entry you scanned your QR code assigned at the entry of the museum (for personalized experience, language selector, etc). After that, a network of sensors from the ceiling tracked you wherever you’d go across the room. And in order for you to understand that you are tracked, a projected light circle of a specific color was lighted around you (also with your name and some IDs).

I tried to get rid of that tracking by quick moves left/right, because it was a latency in the system, but in several seconds, the damn sensors found me again and tagged me accordingly.

My feet in Anagura, Virtual City Tokyo
My feet in Anagura, Virtual City Tokyo. Even when I ran, the sensors found me in seconds.

Inside that room there were different sorts of information desk. When I was approaching one of them, they started to play automatically and interact with me.

I am watching you in Anagura
I am watching you in Anagura

The reason of Anagura? To demonstrate the efficiency of mathematics on controlling flows of people inside a space. For example, implemented at subway, this system would found that travelers would gain some time in crowded areas if some new procedures would be put in place. Japanese people = always improving stuff.

Graphic representation of Anagura
Graphic representation of Anagura. The red one was me 🙂