Parsons Designer Creates Wireless Social “Tidepool” For Redhook Community

06.29.12 Joshua Rivera

It’s easy to forget the immense amount of community service that can be achieved via social networks when they’re overrun with both pictures of cats and/or lunch. Tidepools is a striking reminder of what can be done via community networks. Developed by Jonathan Baldwin with help from the Red Hook Initiative and others, Tidepools looks a lot like the Sims and Foursquare, with a friendly map interface that allows users to post community events, safety alerts, and busy notifications via a local WiFi network. It’s a great system, and it’s one that isn’t dependent on the Internet–mesh networks like Tidepools could be a wonderful way to engage communities in places or countries that aren’t plugged in to the web 24/7.