Check out these awesome payphone of the future designs, the finalists of NYC’s payphone design contest [Video]


Last December, the city of New York announced a challenge for people to reinvent the old payphone. Now they’ve announced the six finalists of the Reinvent Payphones challenge, offering us a look at what the competing designers have been cooking up. These finalists will be a part of a public voting, with the winner earning the Popular Choice Award later this month.¬†However, each of the finalists listed are also winners in their own categories.

I’ve also placed links for each finalist’s NYC Digital description page, so just click on their names if you’d like to learn more about them!

NYC/IO – Best in Community Impact

NYC Beacon – Best Visual Design

Windchimes – Tied with NYC/IO as Best in Community Impact


NYC Loop – Best in Creativity


NYFi – Best in Connectivity


Smart Sidewalks – Best Functionality

You can vote for your favorite design at the link below, and the deadline is on March 15. So if you have a favorite design, vote now from the link below.

What’s your favorite design? Tell us in the comments!

New York City Facebook page

[via Engadget]

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  • Chuck

    None of these will work if you approach them with a soft drink in excess of 20 oz.

  • Enrique

    [@Peter] I believe Titan is one of the groups behind the design, and NYC/IO is the name of it.

    Still though, I see your point. That would’ve been a really unfitting name for what looks like one of the smaller ones of the bunch!

  • Peter

    IMHO the one in the topmost image is a bit too small to be called “TITAN” (

  • JonE

    There has never been anything sanitary about using a public phone, but I’ve always preferred the old designs myself.

    On the other hand the only place I can find a public phone these days is at the local Mall.

  • Ashraf

    [@Enrique] Hehe, yeah, that better be included.

    In addition to vandalism, I bet high-tech payphones would get stolen often too.

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] You know, I haven’t thought of that… Maybe the winner should be the one that includes a hand sanitizer and screen wiper? :p

    On a more serious note, a lot of people seemed to be concerned about the potential (or inevitability) of vandalism on these machines.

  • Ashraf

    Some of these are really cool, although I personally cringe at touching something so… public.

    Thanks Enrique!