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, March 27, 2006

Summary of what we have discussed during the meeting today.

IOT group meeting,

Discussing our problem from last project.

1. We were focusing on things that could be improved or thing could only about IOT. Things that only use IOT.
2. For our scenario should focus on IOT itself as ecology, Things that absolutely rely only on IOT.
3. We should base on the things. (Object and Object relationship and technology and technology talks) Object isolated as object. Ie) when you put down cock on the table, the chair automatically pull out for you, Cock and table talks to the chair.
4. Plot the scenario.
A) Do it in linear way. Figure out points, and plot them. It keeps you focus on the track. B): Actors: figure out who would all the character would be and how it will be converge.
5. Use POD as inspiration, Have a gripping line for the story.
6. Check out user scenario from the Alex’s file.
7. Emotional and discover deep progression from the writing.
8. Example of saving the money through of IOT. Keeping tracking of what people would buy, and what people would waste, if there is fridge and tell what they need to the producer, than value will be put in the …
- do we need even physical money? If you want to buy something and if it automatically detects you want to buy it, the bank will automatically charge for it. –
9. Scenario should highlight benefit for the user. It is more like services.
10. Making mood board – Final deliverable.
11. -Each write scenario and bring mood board: It sets the scene for what the feeling of the story would be: ex. Someone will write about service that puts the
what do I like? I wonder what other people would like it?

: Back casting: no Super futuristic: within 10 to 15 years make it somewhat little bit realistic so that reader can agree or picture that would happen within 15 years from now.

Ex taxi idea with pregnant women
Write based on your point of you. Conceptual: idea something that u ever experienced it before:
If you are writing about you, it should be more powerful. You know your experience better than anything.
Writing as object point of view.

Chairs communicate with technology.
People don’t have to do anything
Tech talk tech without any human interaction.
We are here to AD for IOT.
Object talks to object.

Let’s focus on the positive aspects of the scenario.
Come up with new Design opportunity.
Come up with different point of view.
POD departure be data transfusion: Writing story from DATA: All come up with different mood board and find pictures with it.

Do mood board as many as you can in power point format. Write many stories as you can.

Hope this helps, well at least it helped me understanding what exactly we need to do, I enjoyed the discussion today during the meeting!

see you all tomorrow,

Saturday, March 25, 2006

thursday's class

hey guys - here are my notes from thursday's class. also, please download the document "User Scenarios" from mycourses.

- to write an scenario, you must do cultural assessment, context analysis, motivation analysis, understanding.

- unless you are writing a purely conceptual scenario, you should not write about things you have not experienced.

- make sure the story is in the context of your audience so they can relate to it

- think bigger than you can possibly think.

- Do not go far ahead in time, because you still need a context people can relate to. [go 10-15 years in the future at the most in the final scenario]

- Try to inhabit each character you write about. If you can't inhabit the character, don't write it.

- Context Analysis - mapping the epxerience in order to understand it.

- Some examples of story styles:
  • News - practice with real news stories and replace all the facts.
  • Business Magazine - making stuff up that could possibly be read in a magazine
  • Letters/Journals - easier because they are directly from your point of view
  • Book Review - pretend that a book was written about your subject and turn the review into the scenario

- Always plot the story before you write it so you get all the crucial points in.

- Have a "line", and make sure you bring your story back to the same point you started from. This makes it more compelling and memorable.

- Point of View

  • the 3 dimensionality of the story - think of it like different cameras
  • writing stories from the POV of an object can be successful
  • how does the exact same story feel from different POV's? [make sure you have complete understanding of all the POV's]

- Scenarios

  • explain everything that cannot be drawn or modelled [emotions, experiences, etc]
  • they are task-oriented

- Prepare a document, compelling presentation, and a mood board

- Mood Board = discussion points [not scenarios] that help you write the scenarios

  • Ask as many questions as possible
  • Make this AND the scenario emotional
  • Create the tone for your team that will carry over into your scenario (create the context)

- Create a medium that is trusted, to tell your story - like Orson Welles on the radio [War of the Worlds]

- Make sure your scenarios state what the benefit is for the user.

- One way to start writing your scenario could be to start off going WAY in the future, and then back-setting it so it is more like 10-15 years. Matt suggested we try this to get us going.


ok so those are my notes

MEETING ON MONDAY - 2pm, let's meet on the 5th floor.

MEETING ON TUESDAY with Matt - please everyone try to come, it is much more helpful if everyone hears the info. What times work for everyone? I am free until 6:30.

please comment asap

thanks guys,


Thursday, March 23, 2006


i am such a thief

Matt - I stole one of your comments from another IOT group's blog because I thought it would be really helpful for us too.. hope thats kool!! :)

MDJ said...
The unique power of a scenario is the power to explore the way a proposed situation feels to the users. But as you said in the last presentation, in the IoT paradigm, the technology will be mainly interacting with other technologies. So do not discount the value of metaphoric scenarios that explore anthropomorphic technologies - exploring these interactions from a humanized point of view sometimes reveals overlooked opportunities. For example if you give a technology the quality of self-doubt, then the scenario might examine how it feels it is succeeding/failing in its current interactions. This sounds silly but this self-analysis is really an look at the human experience that the technology enables.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Yay!! the last one!!

Since our last part is about scenario building, i went to look up the how to write scenrio, so i mean, this is not relevant to our specific topic of IOT, but at least this article gives a sense of how we should start to build, or write scenerio. HOpe this helps,(it has some examples as well)

I wanted to upload some pictures.. but it is not working for me...awawaw~~!!!

story time. . .

hey guys

I just want to check in and see what everyone has been up to the past few days.

I've been away for two solid days for medical appointments so I apologize for not really being available.

I want to make sure everyone is clear on what the issue was with our last report, and although we don't have to re-submit any work, i think it would be really beneficial to re-work some of it for our own benefit.

The next stage is scenario-building. for those of you who haven't done it before, it's essentially telling a story that really captures the idea of our POD's and where we think the IOT could go.
although we are not ready to start writing the story yet, please start thinking of ways you would like to A) Tell the story and B) Present it. What are some effective ways of story-telling? What kinds of story-telling tactics do you find you respond to the most? What are some potential plots/story-lines that you think would really communicate our ideas and be captivating at the same time?

Please bring some stuff to class tomorrow - re-worked POD's, re-worked Amplifications about the IOT itself. Please also keep in mind the idea of IOT as an ECOLOGY as we do some re-working and planning for the next stage.

I also propose a group meeting ASAP. Anyone free on Friday afternoon - about 2:30pm?

please comment asap so we can arrange

ta ta,
team leader

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Death of Data

I think it might be useful for us to connect our posts to our points of departure whenever possible, this should help us familiarize ourselves with our pod's for the next stage, seeing that each of us spent time working on a different mix of signals, amplifications, and pod's.

Here's a good link for those who where asking about the Phillips Simplicity Initiative. It's an overview of recent concepts developed at Phillips for Simplicity, some of them are directly IOT related and some of them are not, but all of them certainly carry the spirit of this POD.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Go team Go!!! yay~~!!!!!! awesome guys!

I agree with Lesile!!!!
wow! no matter how we presented, we did awesome as a group, and our soul got together and worked really well, I am very proud of our team!!
I won't forget all the memory's that we have from the pubs, redrooms, computer lab, ...etc... Lets keep going on with our enthusiasm, and letz keep our love towards IOT!!!!

The good news is we have one more chance to show what we have accomplished!!! letz rock this next time!!!

I can't wait until our next group meeting!!!

Awesome work my lovely group members!!!!

Lets learn more from what we did and lets do better next time!

Yay team!!

great work, guys


just wanted to say that i think everyone, and our group as a whole, did a great job with this section. we maybe didn't communicate our ideas that well in class, but we have done some great work that i think we should be really proud of.

i am still really inspired by what we are working on and i am really looking forward to the next stage!

hmm haven't blogged in a while since we've been together constantly!! haha
but take a break this weekend and we will discuss the next step next week.

go team!!! ;)

The New Almanac


Darpa is at it again, and this time they want to control insects. As if controlling the world's shark population wasn't enough, they are now accepting bids to design human controlled cyber-insects capable of sniffing out chemicals and explosives as well as conducting military reconnaissance. The bugs would be operated using micro-electro-mechanical systems inserted during the larva stage of metamorphosis.

I guess we'll have to wait and see if this is just another mechanical elephant ( or if insects are the new internet.

The Darpa method is fascinating, and they increasingly seem to operate many of their projects using this model - tell the market what you want, put the money on the table, and let the bidders sort out the technology. This allows for briefs that are optimistic to say the least, and while many of them fail from time to time they manage to physically cross the imagination gap. When the BBC asked the science community about the brief, the comments ranged from "ludicrous" to "I feel that the reality of such cyborg fusion between insect and machine lies squarely in the realms of fiction.", although one scientist was optimistic that engineering bugs to sniff out chemicals and explosives was not so far off.

Monday, March 13, 2006

[sonic city] part of our signal

Hey, I thought it was intersting to post article on sonic city,

"Sonic City is a new form of interactive music instrument using the city as an interface. It enables users to create a real-time personal soundscape of electronic music by walking through and interacting with urban environments. " exactly what we talked about during yesterday's meeting,

Can't wait to discuss more things about POD!

universe remote

In Smart Mobs, Hirschhorn (chif strategist for Orange) asks Rheingold to think of the mobile phone as a "remote control for your life." Which is a pretty great point of departure i think, although obviously not our own.

see you tonight

Friday, March 10, 2006

Hey thursday lecture note

Point of departure, what is this story will tell us,

How do you start with writing a story? – creates mood, atmosphere, ex, it was dark at stormy night, it triggers imagination.

*behavior apply through technology
-Camera hold on, capture the moments

POD: find trend, amplify meanings.

Take a example from squirrel
l cell phone

- Signal: MIT makes cellular squirrel
Amplification, now it changes from squirrel to pigeon (possibility –combination of Archetype retrieve
-Archetype retrieve: what is metaphor behind it? –I don’t want to be distributed from technology (understanding of why technology exist

POD: how do you make it good?

-Scenarios- tells story of how you might buy hammers and screws and forget nuts, which are part of set. So--- should remind you of things “in asset” automatically.
-Each groups come up with 20 POD based on signal amplification.

Ex: 1. Signal

-you bought this, - shopping, order, out come, customization, ask questions.
Archetype retrieval: specialist, catalogue, we are expected to know on too much

3. Shopper (expected of contents)
Catalogue- experts of access

4. Signal amplification
“Broad casting the buy” keeps record of your purchases Recommends Then friends of their friends’ /interest. “Amazon everywhere”

5. Point of departure “would you like fries with that?” relates to #4 “ we are expert to know about too much and expand that what if we knew everything?

5. Scenarios “ letter to my uastting mach how you specify. I.e. Would you like fries with? Scenario- how do you know? Its not magic. Give a reason Does a deuce appear? The difference with story is scenario does not need to have plot, ex) climax.. etc. This explain one specific environment. One scene in the story.

I combined the lecture note with pris's, I hope this helps,

Meeting on Monday

Hey guys,
We are going to have a meeting with matt on monday or tuesday, so if you have any questions, letz solve it together,
I will post the class note shortly.(I have note after the break)

Amplified Signals and POD's

I made some notes last class, where Matt was explaining how everyone should approach this singal amplification thing - because everyone was confused. This is what i got out of it:

U take a signal and separate it into:

a) latent behaviour (archetype retrieval) + b) technology

(for example Celular Squirrel = social expectations of politeness/not wanting to be interrupted + cellphone)

Then, you AMPLIFY THE TECHNOLOGY - imagine it in the future when it's faster, cheaper, everywhere. (For example the squirrel will be imbedded into the environment, the squirell is a bird and can move around on its own, the squirel is autonomous) The amplified technology can be as fantastic (unrealistic) as we can make it. That's called "intensification of use" and we should do as many per signal as we want.

Then, you apply each of these "intensificatin of use" to the latent behaviour, and THESE WILL BECOME THE AMPLIFIED SIGNALS.


Behaviour - Not wanting to be disrupted by others
- Cellular Squirrel =
\ Technology - Cellphone/mobile assistant

-Amplify the technology:
a) squirrel is embedded in environment
b) squirrel is automonous/has mind of its own
c) squirrel is a toy
d) etc..

-Apply the latent behaviour:
b) Squirel is Autonomous + Not wanting to be disrupted by others = My device only appears when i Need it -> That's an AMPLIFIED SIGNAL.
c) etc..

THen, we start noticing themes and from then we derive out points of departure.
Matt came up with "Teddy Bears picnic". So basically POD is kinda like a title of the story, or the first sentence. For example POD for a murder story would be "It was a dark and stormy night".

What i understood from yesterdays class, amplified signals are about: Where can the technology take your latent/retrived behaviour?



we really need to get together as much as possible between now and thursday.

i suggest we meet Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.

For the first meeting we need/should have the following done:
-everybody please do your own signal amplifications and PODs, and then we can go over them together. please do as many as you possibly can. and feel free to have multiple amplifications and PODs per signal.

please comment asap about when you can meet so we can set this thang up

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Here is one example of how to do 2nd and 3rd part

I am just posting what we have discussed on last class.
I had difficulty understanding what our task is, but through out this great talk during the class it helped alot. THis is just for Brian and also for our group members notes.

DO you remember my shoe article? this shoe has IOT and detacts your health issues, and these shoe can talk to other shoe and generate the information about walking distance, and stuff like that.

first what we have to define is signal, in this case it can be "we all want to know about our health weather we are in good shape or if we have any problems with our health"

and Second part is to define amplify those signals.
Shoe tells you information about your health.. or maybe contact lense can tell you if your eye condition is okey or not. or your ring can detacts your blood cerculation in your body.. or watch can count your number of plus... and etc.... this part can be very creative as possible.

and than here is point of departure...
this is basically metaphor or story behind based on amplification..

quote can be desire to know everything , refuse to get sick, live forever.."

Also, the graph that Alexendra mentioned at class... is very helpful.. HOw ? why? what????

I hope this helped.

see you soon!!!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

to do list

ok guys

crunch time is approaching.
please reply with a yay or nay for sunday night's meeting [7pm-ish at village idiot - very important.. please try to make it] i know its hard to find a time when we can all get together, but we are getting close to the deadline.

so here is the list we of what we all need to do before our meeting:

1. read all 3 reports

2. pick out signals - start to amplify

3. can you come up with any points of departure based on your amplifications?

4. play around with signal mapping - how you represent it doesnt really matter, but some kind of map

pllleeeeasssee take this as far as you possibly can


Not Quite RFID

Thursday, March 02, 2006

a pic for you

thanks, Brian - that article is GREAT. and i found it really helpful considering this next stage of the assignment.

i loved this image [for some reason] of the Pigeon that Blogs:
i found the whole idea of people relying on pigeons, which are seen currently as vile and disgusting by most, as benefitting us with IOT technology - ie: blogging flight patterns, monitoring air, etc.

this is the kind of "absurd" thinking we need to start doing
but moreso

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Why things matter


phase 2 and 3 are looking to be quite fun, interesting, and hopefully fruitful. I'm looking forward to some great brainstorming and conversation on IOT.

I came across a great article over at we-make-money-not-art by an engineer named Julian Bleeker. Its about blogjects, or objects that blog. Its an interesting take on IOT, Bleeker feels that IOT will endow objects and non-human beings (animals, insects) with a new kind of agency. As objects become connected they reveal themselves to us, more fully rendered than ever before, and in the process gain voice (not in the human sense, but in the sense that the information they gather and distribute form new dialogues, and that as a medium they will create new societal rules, spaces, and alter our behaviour patterns).

Bleeker seems to displace the human hand almost completely, his blogjects are not simply objects assigned tasks by humans, but fully endowed emergent voices.

It's also interesting how Bleeker prefaces himself by poking Bruce Sterling and his futurecasting work, before proceeding to do much the same although under the guise of "engineering" and "observable facts". Pretty revealing of the kinds of chasms that sometimes form between futurecasters, technical folk, and the rest of us (although I'm not sure which category to place Bleeker in, I'll let you be the judge)

and Bleeker manages to answer the age old question "If your toothbrush could talk, what would it say to you?" quite well.....

time to buy more toothpaste