It's time to bring Melbourne's perspective to the Internet of Things. The "Smartification" of Everything is a worthy goal and one being addressed by a multitude of governments, businesses and people around the world.
Creating efficient energy and travel networks are brilliant uses of IoT technology - ones that address significant challenges over the coming decades.
However, whilst we solve these macro problems of urban living and make our lives efficiently less miserable are we missing an opportunity? How can IoT technology enhance human experience through art, culture, design and fun.
Thanks to the fantastic team at the Arts Centre Digital Learning Hub, we have a space to explore exactly this idea - and what better place to do this than in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct.
Device initiated interaction. Many existing UX practises focus on the user initiating the interactions. With the new wave of software and hardware such as personal assistants, quantitative self trackers and internet of things devices, interactions are often initiated by the device itself. What's the user experience behind this kind of interaction? Different, that's for sure… Lets take a whistle-stop tour through tips, advice and new paradigms.
Ways to think about ‘things'. As designers and makers, we recognise that the ‘things' we make have an influence on our behaviour and our surroundings. As designers are asked to think more about physical, connected products, it’s important to have a framework for thinking about the ways in which technology can influence our understandings of and interactions with our everyday environments. Chris will present his PhD work with Parks Victoria, and will describe a set of principles useful for designing just about anything - but especially connected ’things'.
Dr Alexia Maddox
Reprise of Silk Road research. Alexia spoke in December about the unintended consequences of technologies and presented some early research into her work on use of the Silk Road. Several months later that has evolved and she will be sharing some more results in a short talk.
An idea for the group. David is the Manager of the Digital Learning Hub Programs at the Arts Centre and he has a collaboration idea he'd like to put to the group.