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Building the Public City: the Fak’ugesi chapter

Building the Public City is a project run by the City of Johannesburg that tries to solve public space challenges like disconnected communities, insecurity, and lack of civic participation. The project will propose ways to better integrate design and participation processes in Johannesburg. One of the prioritised areas is Braamfontein, a vibrant part of the central city. The area has poor public spaces in terms of both [ Read more ]

Co-creating the city — City-scale mixed reality tested in Johannesburg

We just returned from Johannesburg, South Africa, where we tested an early prototype of a mixed reality platform that we are working on. The experiment in Johannesburg was part of a collaboration with UN-Habitat, Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and Wits University where we are jointly exploring digital innovation in community-driven urban design.

UN Habitat, who we have been [ Read more ]

Fak’ugesi festival workshop coming up!

On September 8-9 we’ll be co-hosting a workshop on community led city planning with the help of ICT as part of the African Digital Innovation Festival, Fak’ugesi.

From the festival website:

“Since 2012, Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, and UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for sustainable cities, have been collaborating on an innovative programme in which Minecraft is used as a community participation tool in the design [ Read more ]

Mixed reality and dialogues about future urban plans and developments

During the last years, we have together with both internal and external partners explored various aspects of ICT and sustainable urbanism. The ambition with the activities described here are also to continue to develop concepts and strategies within this broader theme, and to concretize what kind of values that new technologies might bring. It is still very much research-in-progress, so [ Read more ]

Mixed Reality Mining – ICTs in a mining context

During last spring we at Strategic Design and the Service System Research team engaged in a joint research project with Boliden. Together we explored what the mining industry could do with 5G and ICTs in a near future. Our goal was to develop tangible concepts showcasing how Ericsson’s current or possible future technologies could create benefits for the mining industry; in terms of safety, productivity, employee well-being, or any other relevant aspect. We strived [ Read more ]

Telehaptic Drone Control (Feel the Force)

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As a part of our ongoing explorations of remote controlling things, we recently played around a bit with remote controlled drones and haptic augmented reality. It turned into a nice prototype as well as a showcase for something that future network technologies like 5G will enable. We demonstrated the whole thing at the Mobile World Congress 2016, even live [ Read more ]

Maji Wazi – exploring how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi

Informal water point in Mathare

We have recently concluded an exploratory research project together with UN-Habitat (United Nations Programme for Human Settlements) and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (responsible for water distribution in the Nairobi area). The project’s main ambition was to explore how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi, and the primary research was [ Read more ]

IKEA Fiction (smart everyday for the many people)

IKEAdesignfiction_spread_home Just a quick note and pointer towards this IKEA Design Fiction catalogue, a project that we have participated in at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre at Stockholm University, where Ericsson is one of the partners.

The IKEA Design Fiction catalogue is a collection of visualized scenarios that asks a number of open questions about possible futures that could be enabled by emerging [ Read more ]

Exploring the relations between near future ICTs and prosperity in Nairobi, Kenya

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There hasn’t been too much information about the activities in the UN-Habitat partnership on the blog. Fortunately, lack of activities is not the reason for this silence. It has rather been a very busy first year of the research collaboration. Anyhow, it is definitely time to write a few lines about one of the projects we have done together.

First, a short [ Read more ]

Taking the idea for a walk

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It has been a bit quiet here at the blog for a while, but, you know, blog-silence often means lot’s of things happening underneath the surface. This subsurface bustle — let’s just call it The Perpetual Corporate Reorganisation phenomenon — has resulted in a new “home”. We are now part of a newly established department in Ericsson’s research organisation called “Management and Operation [ Read more ]