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  • 1. Tiny familiar robots Thoughts on the world of the internet of things. designswarm // RIG London
  • 2. Internet of things Letting the internet & technology change our relationship to the physical world through complex interactions. It affects how we tell stories , how we build new economies on top of data and shapes decision-making about ourselves and our environment.
  • 3. How do you tell stories with objects?
  • 4. Use what we have at hand
  • 5. Magic wands What is the function of these objects as objects that allow us to connect or identify with ourselves and each other. What do they say about us?
  • 6. Codes The initial version of ThingLink (circa 2007) was a coded way of attaching information to the physical world.
  • 7. QR Codes Tricky little things but can be applied in more creative ways.
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  • 9. RFID Mir:ror was founded by Violet to use RFID stickers to attach digital content to objects. Largely replaced by semacodes at the moment.
  • 10. Barcodes The initial version of Stickybits (2009) allowed you to associate content or links with bar codes.
  • 11. Bespoke devices Using older device interfaces to connect to a local network. this will dissapear to be replaced by a smart phone.
  • 12. How do these objects help me understand complex issues?
  • 13. Data for the environment We have access to more information about our surroundings than ever before.
  • 14. Or create products that allow a market to develop quickly because of ease Of use.
  • 15. Data for near future policy The trick is to make that data tell a story, change policy, highlight a problem. Geiger counters are impossible to find online now.
  • 16. What is the digital life of those objects?
  • 17. Data for the unhealthy Fitbit is an exercise and sleep tracker that talks to your laptop quickly and easily.
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  • 24. What do these objects tell me about online?
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  • 27. LikeLight The DIY project lights up a physical button when people like a page on FB
  • 28. Like card Renault connected an RFID card to a FB page “like” at a car show
  • 29. Nokia Push N900 Tinker + Hyper Happen 2009-
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  • 36. > N900 Snowboard demo
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  • 39. Nearly there…
  • 40. Mobile replaces products The mobile app market will swallow the market of specialised products for amateurs.
  • 41. Data in the future RFID implants for recreational / security purposes are getting common. They are free for dogs after all.
  • 42. Changing the nature of humanity When people are lead to understand each other in terms of parameters, how do we build long-term interactions.
  • 43. Make the maths make sense Online dating continues to mathematicise serendipity.
  • 44. Data will replace us Data is driving generative online personalities seeing the end of empty marketing personas.
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  • 46. Lying will become difficult Infrastructures will adapt quickly.
  • 47. A losing industrial system The disappearance of jobs based on paperwork.
  • 48. Critics are everywhere Mashups highlight difficult social scenarios that become part of life in the 21 st century.
  • 49. New tools for innovation Google IO ADK will change the landscape of objects built with intelligence.
  • 50. Some thoughts.
  • 51. How much does it cost? More than you think but less than a TV ad.
  • 52. How do I know how many people have interacted with the installation, object, environment? Physically measure it or ask them to check-in!
  • 53. If you know how many people are in the room, how does your interaction change? Yes. Design for one & design for many.
  • 54. Why augment a physical object? Think of why a connection to the internet matters or when it doesn’t.
  • 55. Get product designers & hackers involved. Think of the long tail of a campaign.
  • 56. Thank you! @iotwatch [email_address] [email_address] designswarm // RIG London