One of the best ways to know a country is to backpack through its little known towns and off-map destinations. For backpackers, hostels and similar lodges are the staple accommodation that allows travelers to meet many people and share common experiences. But more often than not, information sharing between different travelers (or groups of travelers) becomes limited to orally shared details and anyone looking to visit a place that someone back at their hostel raved about, has to rely on whatever information a stranger has given them. This kiosk concept by Argentinean designer Sebastian Pandolfi looks to bridge that very gap in the information sharing process.
The design looks to cater specifically to alternative tourism and would be ideally placed in common rooms in hostels. The device would allow guests staying in different rooms to upload the photographs, videos and other information that they have collected in their travel across a certain area into the device. This information would then be accessible to other guests staying in the hostel and they would be able to use the information in their own travels.
The information stored in the kiosk would be customizable by users and would contain profiles of other users as well. This would allow travelers to join each other if they share a common travel route and hence enrich their travel experience.
The kiosk provides strangers a way to form an informal network without having to invite a stranger to their personal social network. This would allow users to maintain their privacy and still be able to connect to others with the same convenience as using a social profile.
The design is also created with a viewpoint of being easy to install and maintain in unprotected environments like a hostel. The designer suggests that a resin shell reinforced with fiberglass mold would make it a sturdy and feasible idea with larger kiosks being crafted out of injected plastic.