Interactive Technology: ATM

In terms of the public space, nothing speaks more to interaction then an ATM. A necessity of modern day living, allows you to withdraw currency from a machine situated at several locations across thousands of cities and countries across the globe. The interaction comes from the action of putting your PIN number within the system to gain access to your account by following a set of on-screen menu systems of which if successful, you’re allowed to do with your funds as you wish.

It wasn’t always like this however, the Bankograph in 1961 installed in the City Bank of New York was one of the historical devices that the ATM descends from and acted as a way of depositing and withdrawing cash and checks, which design is still used primarily in ATM’s in modern day.


Bellis, M. 2014. History of Automatic Teller Machines or ATM – Luther Simjian. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 13 Jan 2014].

Mental Floss. 2014. A Brief History of the ATM. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 13 Jan 2014].


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