Odopod – Four Internet of Things trends.

Odopod has several clients involved in the Internet of Things space and we’ve worked with them in a variety of ways including brand and marketing work, product and service development and connected object prototyping.

We recently lead a workshop with one of these clients, exploring ways that their household products could benefit from being connected to the Internet. Several of their products are already connected to each other and the Internet, we helped them uncover new opportunities to push these products beyond pure utility and to find ways to do and say something new.

To get things started we reviewed four themes that come up most often in Odopod’s work around the Internet of Things.

via Odopod – Four Internet of Things trends.

New post over on the Odopod Blog

Connected Personal Objects: Getting Intimate with the Internet of Things

Last week, Guthrie Dolin and I presented at the Planning-ness 2012 conference. The conference was great, and I love it’s theme, “Get Excited and Make Things.”

The standard format for a session is present on a topic and then run a workshop in which conference participants make something to present back to the group.

In our session we provide an overview of the Internet of Things before going into detail about the potential of connected objects to encourage specific behaviors. We break down the components of an IoT ecosystem and discuss how they can be used to collect data and drive insights and change.

Following the presentation, the assignment was to use the framework and design a physical product and service around a personal object or situation. We provided a few catalysts and blank worksheets to help get people going. The results were great and we’ve posted each group’s worksheets on slideshare as well.

All-in-all, a great expreience and a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who turned out to learn about the Internet of Things.

Odopod – A Multi-Device Web Strategy

To address this shift away from desktop dominance, a contemporary web strategy must:

  1. provide universal access for each piece of content
  2. optimize layouts for a variety of screen sizes
  3. support touch gestures in addition to mouse and keyboard interactions
  4. deliver optimized content for devices with limited resources
  5. fully optimize key experiences for the specific contexts of use

via Odopod – A Multi-Device Web Strategy.

New post by me over on the Odopod blog.

Mobile Strategies: Untangling Device Contexts and Use Context

Most conversations about mobile strategies include the following two perspectives: limited resources of devices require new technical approaches, and mobile use cases are different and demand unique content and application features.

As we’ve settled into our new multi-device lifestyles, a new perspective has entered into these conversations: finding different content at the same place on different devices is a problem and flies in the face of web accessibility and common sense.

via Odopod – Mobile Strategies: Untangling Device Contexts and Use Context.

A post I wrote on the Odopod blog.

Think Quarterly nails multi-screen content delivery

Google’s new online magazine, Think Quarterly has done a really nice job delivering a reading experience tailored to personal preferences and readable on a variety of screens.

Each story is accessible in three layouts: faux print magazine, large screen web and small screen web. I personally am not a fan of the magazine approach. For me, it comes across as a gimmick and while I like what they are doing with information visualization and layout, I wish they would have just invested that time into their web page layouts and graphics. Luckily, aside from the opening image of florescent neurons and the sudoku puzzel, all content is available in the other layouts.

Those other layouts are well done and are a good example of the One Web concept at play — each story and URL is rendered in a layout optimized for the device you are using, regardless of how you might find the URL. Technically speaking, the servers are redirecting between different URLs based on browser agents. Google is notoriously obsessed with speed and efficiency so it makes sense that they would accept the risks and additional upkeep that come with browser detection in exchange for the leanest possible files.

Following are some galleries of screen shots taken on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. In each I show the table of contents and a story page from the site. 

Building IWC.com

IWC.com and the publishing system powering it are a new cornerstone for IWC’s digital strategy. Given the goal that this system remain relevant for a minimum of 10 years (and what can happen on the internet in 10 years) technology choices were particularly important.

How do you future-proof a development like this?

For us, the logical place to start is with technologies that are familiar, flexible and open.

The standards-based front end delivers a variety of beautiful content to the widest range of site visitors. The content itself is managed by IWC’s internal team, using a sophisticated and easy to use CMS built with the tremendously flexible Django framework.

via Odopod – Building IWC.com.