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.
At our second meetup we'll have two great speakers and we'll be looking to the group to share any interesting products, concepts or projects with everyone.
Experimental Interface CultureWhy aren't our interfaces more delightful? Recycled conventions are boring and skeuomorphism is lazy. Maybe a new computer tool doesn't need to be as amazingly beautiful as it is functional, but how many poor experiences do you have with technology, and maybe everything else you interact with? Experiment to innovate.
Stop doing it wrong, already. Under the IoT banner sits wearable devices, a sector that's getting an insane amount of attention from media and people alike. But why is almost everything that's coming out in the market right now so uninspiring? Let's chat about some of the true challenges in this market, and let's have a discussion around what becoming 'totally connected' is going to do to both society and to us as individuals.