Five reasons why Nordic Countries will thrive in the hyperconnected planet although they don’t currently have the capabilities to do so

Demos Helsinki made an index to compare country readiness to the hyperconnected era. We wanted to know how countries compare in their current positioning when we rank them based on environmental impact and wellbeing, and how large hidden potential they have. The insights from these two comparisons are that while countries with great capabilities such as United Kingdom and Spain and countries with relatively good capabilities and great sustainability situation such as Columbia lead the currently in solving this problem, if the best potential in the near future to benefit […]

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How does Hyperconnectivity change the way your company creates value?

4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT HYPERCONNECTIVITY 1. From companies’ point of view, digitalization and other megatrends require more resource efficient ways of operating. Companies in all industries are affected by this change. 2. Digitalization and the new environment don’t necessarily change the basic tenets of strategy: to gain competitive advantage, companies have to be able to differentiate itself to command a price premium, operate at a lower cost than its rivals, or both. 3. The New Competitive Environment is defined by the opportunities allowed by Hyperconnectivity – the Internet of networks, people, […]

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7 findings you can’t ignore on digitalization and new business ecosystems

Digitalisation is no longer about computers; people and physical things are becoming hyperconnected with cheap, abundant sensors resulting in the merging of digital and physical realities. To meet these challenges, Nordic societies look for new ways to prosper in the era of hyperconnectivity while upholding the traditional Nordic values of trust, equality and human-centrism. A crucial question is how Nordic companies and startups can compete with these values on the global markets. Demos Helsinki wanted to uncover what is required for a successful Nordic hyperconnected business ecosystem to emerge. Assigned […]

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Living on the Tactile Edge: Communication Architecture for the Future Hyperconnected World

Written by: Mika Ylianttila, Jyrki Huusko, Ijaz Ahmad,Tanesh Kumar, Madhusanka Liyanage, Erkki Harjula, Jude Okwuibe Future is here. Some call it Internet of Things (IoT), some call it Internet of Everything (IoE), some call it Tactile Internet (TI). Most importantly, whatever the current buzzword may be, we always perceive the Internet through concrete applications and services it provides to our everyday life. Due to IoT/IoE, the digital world is already facing a transition from traditional ways of delivering the services for users in novel ways of ambient communications. We are already seeing the hallmarks […]

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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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Naked Newsletter IV/2016 – UX for IoT

Naked Approach is a research project building the hyperconnected world with the sensor revolution. Hyperconnectedness and sensors will radically change the way we perceive, act, do business and interact in the world. Demos Helsinki has published two scenarios about the hyperconnected planet until the year 2040. Download the book for free here. Also, you can find the old Naked Newsletters from the Naked Approach website. The Naked Approach project is based on a strong vision of a “digital paradise” – a change from gadget­ centric to user centric, gadget free […]

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