Making sense of sensors Re-thinking personal computing Re-thinking personal computing @twhume
Our mental models for ourselves are dated. Descartes and homunculi have left their mark
The tools we have built to support our minds fit (or are fitted to) these models...
...and the blueprint for our tools hasn’t changed (much) Arithmetic & logic unit Control unit Memory (instructions & data) Results of operations Instructions & data I/O
But this blueprint, and these models, are increasingly irrelevant. Modern computing devices are more about I/O than processing $32 Sensors/touchscreen/GPS $27 16GB Flash memory $25 RF components $14 4GB DRAM memory $11 A4 processor $10 display
There’s no shortage of sensors. microphone touch screen GPS physical keys Bluetooth wifi 3G camera (s) accelerometer magnometer compass light proximity gyroscope gravity sensor linear acceleration rotation vector NFC
Their mainstream uses tend to be subtle. Perhaps because we resent the digital intruding upon the physical?
We need them: finger-to-screen we’re out of bandwidth. So must look for other ways to express communicate with our devices Flickr quinn.anya
Different platforms expose sensors differently. You can see assumptions and philosophies play out Flickr sycamoremoonstudios
iOS is like Disneyland... Carefully curated and packaged use cases Find better image - scary Mickey? Jack & Jill Magazine
...and you can’t change physics. The ever-present consideration of power consumption
We can look for inspiration from literature... Daemons in the Dark Materials trilogy, envisaged on-stage as puppets
...to artists who give us new ways to look at a familiar world... Animal Superpowers by Kenichi Okada & Chris Woebken
...or to those showing us the unseen all around us. Immaterials: light painting WiFi film by Timo Arnall
Think of image. What symbolises paranoia, the state - Brazil? Things to keep us awake at night. We’re leaving trails for future technology to pick up
Thank you for not heckling (unless you did) ...and thank you to Trevor May, Dan Williams, Timo Arnall, Jof Arnold, Ellie D’Hondt, Usman Haque, Gabor Paller, Sterling Udell, Martyn Davies, Daniele Pietrobelli, Andy Piper and Jakub Czaplicki for all their help with this presentation. I have been @twhume Please tell me what you thought of this, in the bar or at http://bit.ly/twh_fom futureplatforms.com