Instant Kafé’s mission is to give people the power to share ideas and to help make the world more open and connected (read our Terms of Service).
A Conversation Space
Instant Kafé is a real-time conversation space that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and things that you find interesting. Simply connect to the most compelling person next to you at the Talkaoke and join the conversation. See it in action.
At the heart of Instant Kafé are small bursts of information called “expressions”. Each expression is limited to what is acceptable in a social space, but don’t let the length fool you – you can discover a lot in a little space. Using unCloud you can also see images and directly on your smart phone, laptop or tablet as well as join the chatroom.
You don’t have to talk to get value from Instant Kafé
You don’t have to build a web page to surf the web, and you don’t have to express yourself to enjoy Instant Kafé. Whether you talk all the time or not at all, you still have access to the cloud of information produced by the participants of the Instant Kafé. You can contribute to the conversation, or just listen in, and retrieve instantaneous data through DUL Radio. It is yours to discover.
Instant Kafé To Go
Instant Kafé connects people in real-time and face-to-face. Experience Instant Kafé through the professionally hosted mobile talk show, Talkaoke; though the easy-to-set-up computer network UnCloud; or through the sensors and visualizations of DUL Radio.
Talkaoke is a mobile talk show where everyone can join in. A professional, trained talk-show host is in the center of a donought-shaped table, and people are encouraged to join the conversation, and bring their own agendas to the table. Everything is recorded and transmitted in a live, public media spectacle. Talkaoke was originally developed by the Instant Kafé partner The People Speak in London.
unCloud lets you control the cloud. It is a plug-and-play application that enables anyone with a laptop to create an open wireless network and distribute their own information. Users in a public space such as a café can access information wirelessly through the browser of their smart phone, tablet or laptop while at the same time remain disconnected from the internet. unCloud was originally developed by the Instant Kafé partner INTK in Rotterdam.
DUL Radio is a sensor system as tiny as a pair of matches. DUL Radio is an easy-to-use interaction toolkit. It can measure sound, visuals, temperature, movement and much more. All data is transmitted via radio frequencies for you to play with. With the information DUL Radio provides you can gather statistics, create images, video, sound, or anything a creative mind can think of. DUL Radio was originally developed by the Instant Kafé partner Digital Urban Living at CAVI, Aarhus University in Denmark.
Let the Conversation Begin…
Instant Kafé not only connects people to people but also people to business in real time. It is set up by people themselves, by organisations, by businesses, or anyone who has an interest in providing people with a platform for conversation.
Instant Kafé is mobile and can be set up anywhere and anytime. You can choose to copy/paste Instant Kafé yourself, but you may also contact Instant Kafé to do it for you.
Instant Kafé is a project by Center for Digital Urban Living.