02 December 2014
Some of these Things are not like the others was a a talk I gave at Web Directions South, in Sydney, in 2014. It’s the last variation of a talk I’ve been developing over 2014, about connected objects and, specifically, about connected objects for shared and civic usage. I gave a version of this, entitled A Lamppost Is A Thing Too at Solid in the summer of 2014. This is the longest, most complete version of it, and so I’ve preserved it here, derived from the script I spoke from.
26 May 2014
I’m writing this from the US, where I’ve been in San Francisco for Solid.
My talk – A Lamppost Is A Thing Too was a revision of the talk I gave at FutureEverything. However, I expanded a section at the end about what civic connected objects could be and showed Columba, a prototype of a connected wayfinding device for hire bikes.
I’m hoping to get a version of the text online in the next week or two, as I don’t think I’m going to be delivering that talk in that precise form again.
Otherwise, I’ve been bathing in sessions and catching up with old friends – as well as lots of new faces I’ve met at the conference. As ever with these events, the value emerges a bit later. I go to conferences to have new thoughts, not to remember what other people tell me. There’s been some really strong sessions, especially on Thursday (the second day) – and a lovely time talking to Richard Isaacs of Fisk about organs and organbuilding.
The only other frustrating news this week is that it looks like Bardon had fallen through. A shame; it would have been an interesting project, but this is all part of planning, and the pipeline should take account of it. So it’s worth mentioning I’m definitely available for work from early June; if you’ve got a project that might suit (keywords: web applications, ‘creative technology’, interaction design, connected objects) do get in touch.
And now, the out-of-office is on, and I’m on vacation for Week 85. Back shortly.
21 May 2014
It’s an exploration into how the internet, when placed into civic objects and devices, might improve or alter them. In this case: how the bike changes when it becomes a service avatar. The data that represents the state of docking stations is already available; how does using that service change when that data manifests on the bike itself?
There’s lots more about Columba on its project page – video, and a more detailed explanation of the project. Although it’s very much a physical sketch at the moment, it’s a concept I want to keep thinking about, and I’m hoping I’ll find avenues to do so.