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The hippos and camels of connected products

photo by Rob Dray, from flickr.

In a recent attempt to explain, in a non-technical way, how the network and the integration with web-based services is changing the properties of our products and devices, I told someone that “the network is a habitat”. The network is a fundamental condition for many connected products to function well, so connectivity is almost like a natural [ Read more ]

A Social Web of Things

Back in 2008 we started working with some projects involving interaction design for large networks of connected products and services. Not Internet of Things-ish stuff, but in that direction. The challenge was to come up with a graphical user interface which was both scalable and very easy to understand. Or that was what we initially thought the challenge was.

The scaling-part was difficult. A relatively small number of things, say ten fifteen or so connected [ Read more ]

The Internet of Things for mere mortals

2012-04-25 | 15-03-05

As we steer toward a future in which all our objects and environments are connected, we will eventually find ourselves living a technologist’s dream where everything is part of a network. But how will people experience and interact with this? Will users see it as a logical step in the evolution of the World Wide Web, or is it going to be understood as something radically [ Read more ]