How to involve users in IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is shimmering now, but if its users – the people – are forgotten during the development, it will fail. When we are talking about the IoT, where different devices and spaces communicate by themselves, it’s easy to forget the people around them. However, there’s no IoT without the interaction with a human being. These IoT devices are collecting data from people, helping them in their daily routines. But different emotions pop up when you know that the collected data not only stays within the faceless […]

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Try prototyping -design workshop in Rovaniemi on 31st March 2016

Design workshop of the University of Lapland is held on Thursday 31th March 2016, at 9-16, University of Lapland, F-house, Yliopistokatu 8, Rovaniemi The workshop is in Finnish. Tervetuloa Lapin yliopiston järjestämään muotoilutyöpajaan- kokeile itse protoilua! Torstai 31.3.2016 klo 9-16, Lapin yliopisto, F-talo, Yliopistokatu 8, Rovaniemi Työpajassa tutustutaan nopean protoilun tekniikoihin (mm. luonnostelu, vuorovaikutteinen mobiiliprototypointi, 3D-tulostus, laserleikkaus) sekä kokeillaan menetelmiä käytännössä. Työpajan tarkoituksena on valaista muotoilun mahdollisuuksia tuotekehityksessä ja erityisesti uusien tuoteideoiden konseptoinnissa ja nopeassa protoilussa. Osallistuminen ei vaadi aikaisempaa kokemusta! Työpaja on osa Tekesin tutkimusprojektia ‘The Naked Approach’. Työpajaan […]

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Using design as a tool for communicating technology visions

Author: Jonna Häkkilä, professor, University of Lapland Printed electronics, adaptive environments, embedded sensor solutions, nanomaterials… When envisioning the technologies of the future, we can so easily use words that have little meaning for the man on the street. It is easy to use techno slang and lose the attention of a wide audience when thinking of the future possibilities that technologies open. Instead of isolating the development of high-tech through PhD only monologs, instead we should do the opposite, and capture the attention of average citizens when thinking about our […]

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Radical Futures: Energy Does not Matter in the Post-Energy Society

The core vision in the scenario publication “The Future as Told Through the Garden and the Streets” is that technologies for the hyperconnected planet enable a decoupling between increasing well-being and the consumption of natural resources. The basic requirement for that to happen is that the IoT and industrial internet technologies as a whole are energy neutral. To decouple well-being and the consumption of natural resources, overall energy consumption should decrease globally. Simply put, to maintain our current quality of life, the next technological paradigm cannot require more energy than […]

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Why you need to have a different design for solar cells that are used indoors?

Author: Professor Paul Berger As the Internet of Things (IoT), focused toward indoor applications, evolves and expands, the importance of energy harvesting to power its nodes has to be emphasized. The energy from heat, vibration, and light, extracted from thermoelectric generators, piezoelectric generators, and photovoltaic cells respectively, can all be used. But light is one of the most efficient and ubiquitous among these energy harvesting sources [1-2]. Our vision of these IoT nodes will need to be printable and resemble a postage stamp, costing a microcent, and including computing, memory, […]

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