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.

Good Linking

Here are some interesting links I’ve clicked on recently:

SXSW 2011: Novelty of iPad news apps fades fast among digital delegates: Some good thoughts on the future of news apps. I personally am pulling for open ecosystems rather than isolation.

ifttt the beginning…: I recently started using this very interesting project and not only is the idea nice, it is executed really well. I setup a couple really handy tasks right away and I’m sure that with a little time to think about how to connect my various accounts, I’ll be doing a lot less copy-pasting.

Updated: The South By Southwest Panels, Illustrated [With 20 New Pics]: Brilliant recaps, way more usefull than slides posted without commentary.

Chicago Tribune Election Center: The Chicago Tribune is trying out media queries to adjust page layout based on screen size. They handle phone resolutions in both portrait and landscape mode, which I’m a big fan of and don’t see often enough.

Report Finds Performance of Web Apps Throttled on iOS Devices: If this is not a shortterm thing, it is going to be a big deal for those of us who want to build apps for multiple browsers using Web Standards. John Gruber points out that nothing is actually slower, Safari just got faster and homescreen or native apps using HTML did not get the upgrade. Potato, Potato. If he is right about why things are slow (security), I hope Apple finds a way around it soon.

Complex 3d projections are becoming more common. I really hope this is not a passing fad. Here’s one from Adidas’ all in campaign and if you are going to be in Sydey this Sunday, I’m sure this one will be absolutely epic.