One artist is applying a clever solution to the problem of pet waste by combining services and gaming to help solve urban problems. Aram Saroyan Armstrong, a student at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Milan Italy, has developed Pooptopia LBS: Mobile Poop Awareness & Avoidance System, an urban game of pet waste removal.
The goal of the game is for teams to discover dog waste, photograph and email it, including the location of the disgusting ‘find’ with the name of your team. You earn points by finding the waste and you can double your points by marking the exact location of the waste on Pooptopia’s online ‘Dark Treasure’ map. Contract pet waste removal teams use the treasure map to optimize routes to clean up the offending waste. With enough data 'Pooptopias' and 'Puptopias,' zones are then established which are the basis for the fees the contract pet waste removal contractors charge. Higher rated communites enjoy reduced pet waste removal fees.
According to Saroyan, "Pooptopia LBS is much more than a super smart, fun and high-tech poop scooping service. It's a lifestyle. We serve the people, not just wealthy dog owners. We encourage good citizenship and are helping people to reclaim their streets in a playful and positive way." In addition, to make pet waste cleanup easier for dog owners of Milan, the city has installed pet waste stations on the streets. Pet waste stations provide waste cleanup bags and a convenient trash receptacle for the waste.
To learn more about Pooptopia visit http://aram.posterous.com/
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