Waag Society @ LIFT Marseille 09


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Presentation on Powermapping, the Amsterdam Ecomap and the Personal Travel Assistent for IFT Marseille, 18-20 June 2009.

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  • We employ Creative Research: multi-disciplinary research that involves users, designers, programmers and the occasional artist & scientist in the process. We are essentially amateurs, trying to invade differ e nt fields and developing applications along the way. Where researchers are forced to publish or perish, we are obliged to demo or die.
  • Therefor we have this paradox: (look above)
  • There is more and more attention for localized power production. All kinds of contraptions, like turning doors, fittness equipment, childrens toys, could generate energy. We want to make people aware of where you can actually generate energy. . "The energy minister is doing it. David Cameron's doing it. People are blogging it. Is DIY power generation going to be the next big thing?” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4785488.stm) Power mapping tries to develop momentum for changing to local power production. Buzz words: critical mapping, urban art, personal fabrication Context? Aantal actoren die alternatieve vormen van energieproductie en -reductie ontwikkelen en toepassen groeit. Ontgroeit ‘geitewollesok’ imago. Overheden, maatschappelijk middenveld en burgers worden aangesproken op hun verantwoordelijk, via media en wetgeving. Tijd voor technologie die synergie van deze ontwikkelingen faciliteert. Potential of microgeneration. "The energy minister is doing it. David Cameron's doing it. People are blogging it. Is DIY power generation going to be the next big thing?” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4785488.stm) Wat doet Waag? Power Mapping is applicatie waarmee locaties voor toepassing van gedistribueerde energieproductie kunnen worden gemapt. Tevens wordt real-time de potentiele gezamelijke energie productie en de terugverdientijd bij ‘samenaankoop’ van de toepaste technologie berekend. Doel? momentum creeren voor doorvoeren van de beschikbare technologie, voorlichten en laten participeren van brede lagen van bevolking, gedragsverandering. Doelgroepen kinderen, volwassenen, evenementen, overheden, ...
  • Currently the labs include a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers. Because the equipment is (almost) the same in any Fab Lab around the world, blueprints can be shared and etended easily.
  • But Fablabs are mainly about people teaching people how to make things. We use it for prototyping, testing and making actual products ouselves. Brainstorming, workshops, fablab: a place for rapid prototyping, user testing, turning ideas into a working prototype within one or several days.
  • But an important part of PICNIC are its labs. Problems are so complex that they can hardly be solved with traditional companies, or within knowledge institutes and silos. We need new ways of collaboration to be able to realy achieve something. A format that seems to work is that of the LAB, in which people from various backgrounds but with shared interests work together on solving certain issues. We’ve had a lab on sustainability, a locative lab, RFID etc.
  • B uzzwords: personal fabrication, production power, C2C, biomaterials, genetic materials, open source hardware, minipreneurs, express creativity Currently these include a power generator that can be attached to your bike and used to power your mobile; a shake light that will generate power for lighting as you shake it, and a Personal Power Plant devised by BeamLab Then we have the PLAMPS – Lampsshades that allow plants to grow into them. Most important is that people learn that they can take their own rolesin this.
  • The inspiration came from Geluidsnet, Sound Network, that started in 2003. It is a private network that measures the sound levels around Schiphol in real-time. You can see Shiphol and the tracks there in purple. Started in 2003 Currently 75+ meters in whole Holland Sound Measurements to counter the Ofiicial Meassurements around the Dutch National Airport, Schiphol
  • The elements of the system consist of a measurement network and a portal
  • Then we will add sensors. You see the Pigeon Blog that was also mentioned by Tapio Makela on Wednesday, using pigeons to sense pollutive data. But also the coconuts, that read sound quality
  • Currently we face some problems: Existing organisations keep their monopolies apparent lack of alternatives for civilians: what to do? ownership and maintenance of sensors in pubic space
  • Increase awareness and alternative ways of conduct Tap into personal motivations and the rules of engagement Create platforms, not one-offs No need to wait Try to team up with others to implement successful pilots
  • World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) Our common future. This is known as the Bruntland Report. It involves footprints, thinking about your own use of the environment you live in. Responsibility for your actions.
  • Waag Society @ LIFT Marseille 09

    1. 1. <ul><li>Collaborations between </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><li>Designers </li></ul><ul><li>Programmers </li></ul><ul><li>Artists & Scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Publish or Perish => Demo or Die </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Persoonlijke, locatiegebonden herinneringen </li></ul><ul><li>Uitnodigend meubel, eenvoudige invoer </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Rondreizend’ langs bibliotheken </li></ul><ul><li>Contextuele ‘oral history’ database </li></ul><ul><li>In 2008: interactie tussen ouderen en jongeren </li></ul>REGISTER van de DAG van GISTER
    3. 4. DEMOCRATIC PARADOX <ul><li>(Almost) anyone agrees that we need radical changes </li></ul><ul><li>to foster sustainable development, but at the moment only small changes are feasible thanks to the political landscape (thank God :) . </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore we need to: </li></ul><ul><li>Activate and facilitate individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Expose and explain consequences of behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Accomodate differences </li></ul><ul><li>Help people (US!) to discover their own relationship to the environment, as is fit to individual life styles </li></ul><ul><li>Change itself needs t o be sustainable. </li></ul>Citizens
    4. 6. Affordances <ul><li>Efficiency & Money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce energy consumption & waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning of low-cost and low-emission trips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing where to live </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a greener environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving air quality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meaning and Fun </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the world a better place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include game and goal setting principles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connections and Belonging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Become member of a community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a podium to stand on and get heard </li></ul></ul>
    6. 9. QURRENT: GREEN CHALLENGE WINNER OF 2007 <ul><li>http://www.qurrent.com/ </li></ul>
    8. 16. Green City Lab <ul><li>http://fablab.waag.org/?q=project_logs/1134 </li></ul>
    10. 19. Personal Power Plant http://www.instructables.com/id/personal-powerPlant/
    11. 25. EcoMap Amsterdam <ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A platform for data acquisition, aggregation and presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for sustainable development and ecological data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increasing awareness and leading to behavioral change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We build on EcoMap San Francisco and add </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time and dynamic data entry and visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal profiles and ability to compare and set goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People as sensors / lifestyle elements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With the benefits for the users of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing overall health and quality of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost reduction & increased efficiency and logistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased sense of belonging, achievement & fun </li></ul></ul>
    13. 27. ELEMENTS
    14. 28. SENSORS Pigeon Blog by Beatriz da Costa http://www.pigeonblog.mapyourcity.net/
    15. 29. Montre Verte - FING Picture: Fabien Girardin
    16. 32. Montre Verte - FING
    17. 35. HURDLES <ul><li>Existing organisations defending their positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipalities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Care Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial interests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apparent lack of alternatives for civilians: what to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement problems </li></ul><ul><li>Cost and quality of sensors </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership and maintenance </li></ul>
    20. 39. CineGrid Workshop Frank Kresin E-mail: [email_address]
    21. 40. Partners Geluidsnet / FING / Waag Society / TNO / CISCO City of Amsterdam
    22. 41. SUSTAINABILITY <ul><li>Definition by Brundtland Commission </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sustainable development is development that meets the need for the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brundtland_Commission </li></ul>