Implicit Interaction

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As the Internet of Things infiltrates the mundane moments of our daily lives, ubiquitously embedding intelligence into objects and environments – our relationships with technology become increasingly dynamic, contextual, and intangible. Therefore as interaction designers, how do we design what could and should be the resulting invisible dialogues between people, places, and things?

This month we will shift our attention away from classic, explicit interaction paradigms - those that demand our attention for direct engagement and manipulation - to implicit interactions that seamlessly behave in the background. Join us for product, prototyping, and research perspectives as we hear from Hongbin Zhuang, CEO and Co-founder of Olly ( robot; Karey Helms (, a Senior Interaction Designer at Zebra Technologies; and Alex Taylor ( from Microsoft Research.

Hongbin Zhuang

Hongbin is the co-founder of Emotech, a london-based startup building a personal robot Olly. Before that he was the product director and chairman of product committee in (, he assisted it to become one of the largest SNS in China, also facilitated its NYSE IPO in 2011.

He graduated from UCL with a distinction on the degree of MSc HCI & Ergonomics and strongly believes that the revolution of human computer interaction will make a better world.

Karey Helms

Karey Helms is a Senior Interaction Designer within the Innovation & Design team at Zebra Technologies. Driven by a passion for complex systems and emergent behaviours, she designs new modalities of interaction for emerging technologies to create meaningful enterprise solutions. Prior to joining Zebra, she has a background in architecture with a focus on kinetic structures, which heavily influences her quest to mediate the digital and physical.

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor is a sociologist working at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He has undertaken investigations into a range of routine and often mundane aspects of everyday life. For instance, he's developed what some might see as an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter and similar seemingly banal subject matter. Most recently, he’s begun obsessing over computation and wondering what the compulsion for seeing-data-everywhere might mean for the future of humans and machines.

Tickets & Refunds

Tickets open at 12.00pm on Wednesday September 21st.

We take a refundable £10 to help minimise no-shows. If you have a ticket and can't make it, let us know asap - we'll process refunds given a 1-day notice. This allows time for folks on the waitlist to get one.