- “SPIMES begin and end as data” -Sterling, p.11 - traceable through time, continually sustainable and enhanceable, uniquely identifiable sources of data - objects produced digitally and solely based on informational support
smartifact – originated by Marketing Management in 1998 magazine to define products that showed self awareness e-textile – Rick Merritt writes about the fabric with sensors woven into it, in Electronic Engineering Times in 2005 personal area network – IBM introduced a prototype of an object that uses an electronic field to interpret individuals in 1997
-with smart objects the identity of an object becomes more important than its physical presence -a physical object can only interact with a limited amount of people -a SPIME is defined the information behind that actual physical conception
what does it take to make it work? how much energy? how much can it do? is it safe? how do you maintain it? what about patents and copyrights? what are the limitations? what about packaging? what are the materials for construction? storage? sales pitch? what about pricing? value? identity of the user? what does it look like???