Making Meaning in an Internet of Things
Something exciting has been happening to our everyday objects. Things that were once silent and static can now sing, glow, buzz and be tracked online. Some are constantly listening for sounds, sights and touches to translate into meaningful inputs. Others have the ability to learn, refining their behaviors over time. They can be connected to one another as well as the Internet. As people continue to interact with data in all aspects of life, they will expect their digital devices to deliver real-time, visualized, networked feedback. As designers, the emergent Internet of Things presents a juicy opportunity to pioneer new territory in rich interaction, but it also can backfire, filling people’s lives with more frustrations over technology than ever before. In this talk, Carla Diana, who works on smart objects in her studio and the award-winning firm Smart Design, will share stories from the front lines. She will explore both the opportunities and the challenges that come with designing interactive hardware/software products and ecosystems through a series of case studies and design experiences.