the Internet of Things [green]

Student Project for INDS 3B09: Design Research, Insights & Innovation
For the Industrial Design Department of the Ontario College of Art & Design,
team mentor Matthew Jones, Research Associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity

Monday, February 27, 2006

next steps

in an effort to get the ball rolling on the next step of the project, i thought i would break down the requirements for deliverables #2-3, and post some of what i wrote down last class.

What are the signal categories?
What are the sets of possibilities through amplification methods?

Deliverable #3: POD REPORT
What are the dilemmas and what questions need to be answered?
What are the points of departure that will establish a frame of mind conducive to answering those questions?

ok - so these are [obviously] the areas we need to cover for our next report.

We need to get started with signal mapping.
Here are some notes that might help you get stared:

It is important to know the difference between a TREND and a SIGNAL.
ex: TREND = file sharing
SIGNAL = people are willing to collect and share their music

Find new entry points - things that are NOT necessarily IOT, and then find a correlation to IOT.

It is very important to get out of the IOT frame of mind and look for things that you would never immediately relate to it - ie: social, political issues. Getting out of this frame of mind will allow us to really understand the signals.

If we are projecting 10 years from now [the future of IOT], then we need to look at other things/situations that require same/similar aspects as IOT. This will help us predict chain reactions and the future life of a "thing". The example that Alex gave in class was 9/11, and comparing it to mass media [comparing the signals in advance could have predicted such a tragic event].

ex: CASH - Enhances [speed]/ Obsolesces [Barter]/ Retrieves [consumption]/ Flip [credit- flips to debt - flips to bankruptcy.]

Step 1 = Immediate archetype retrieval of the "thing" [ex: if the "thing" = shoes, then immediate archetypes would be sandals, animal hide, leaves, etc.]

Step 2 = Immediate archetype retrieval of "why" [ex still with shoes = for protection and movement]

Always define the "thing" first, so you know what to look for.

OK. sorry, I know this is a long post, but I hope it helps.

I suggest each do some mapping and see what we come up with. Take something that interests you, current event, etc., and map it following these steps. I think we will be pleasantly surprised how it comes back to IOT eventually.

MEETING - we are meeting with the other 2 groups on Wednesday at 4.
I suggest we have a meeting as well after class on Thursday.



  • At 5:15 PM, February 27, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    Good summary of lecture and important stuff!!! very good leslie and thank you for posting stuff, it helps for me to understand better for the next step!!!! GoodGoodGOod!!!!

  • At 5:16 PM, February 27, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    Oh just one question Leslie!! the example about 9/11 that Alexander provided~~ can you explain it in detail? I have difficulty understanding the relationship between preventing the 9/11 event to the mass media.........

  • At 6:41 PM, February 27, 2006, Blogger leslie* said…

    umm well he never said that 9/11 could be prevented. what he said/meant was that things that you often don't think will be linked, are. the example he gave was 9/11. he said that you were to do signal mapping of either terrorism, or mass media, they would have pointed toward eachother eventually in the map. does this make sense??


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