ThingsCon

2015-05-08 15.57.07 2015-05-08 10.44.50 2015-05-08 15.57.112015-06-18 00.35.40 2015-06-18 00.33.27 2015-06-18 00.35.04When I installed my work for ThingsCon, I was a little worried about my English, and couldn’t expect how many people would be there. However, unlike my expectation, many people had an interest in our work. It was so interesting! And during the conference, I met a lot of people. Actually, I’m not very strong in memory, so I can’t remember all people I met.

I met with a professor in RCA, an engineer who is working in Finland, some students who are studying about interaction design in Berlin, and so on..

I introduced my project to them, and some of them had an interest in my work.. I could get some advice on my work, how can I upgrade my work after the conference.

Before I go to a conference, I tried to make my work simpler for players to understand easily, but some of them said that it is still complicated. Also, most of them want to see the real bracelet, so Anastasia Emmauel, who is a director in UK Tech & Design suggests me to make an actual sample. It was good plans, but I needed to invest some money. That’s why I’m looking for the best method in a radical price. Now, the project of the social object is finished, but I will continue a progress.

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Moreover, I took a part in any workshop in ThingsCon.

Design Frictions: IoT for Citizens – Jon Rogers & Michelle Thorne

;Playful exploration to make IoT work for citizens. In this workshop, we’ll use techniques from craft technology, improv theater, and reflective practices to co-develop the IoT we as citizens really need. Let’s design some friction

MediaTek: Make it big with something small

;In this workshop you will get a great introduction to the MediaTek Labs developer program. You will have the chance to get your hands on the MediaTek LinkIt ONE™ and build your own home automation IoT project during the session, while MediaTek experts are there to guide you through it and answer any questions. By the end of the session you will be equipped with all the knowledge you need to be able to go away and create your own IoT project with MediaTek Labs and LinkIt ONE. MediaTek is one of the leading wireless chipset manufacturers in the world with the smallest system-on-chip for IoT and Wearables. We thank MediaTek for supporting ThingsCon.

The Gift. Designing for the future – Kuan Luo

;In the startup world, we’re always short on resources. In the corporate world, we look far enough into the future to plan and strategize the quarter and the year. But what about the future? In 10 years? In 30 years? In 50 years? Will the products and companies that we’re passionately building still exist? What impacts are they making in the world?

“While we can’t know exactly what the future will bring, we can: Acknowledge and embrace unpredictability,” declared Future-Friendly Web (http://futurefriendlyweb.com/). And we can extend the future-friendliness to hardware, a market where products are replaced and updated with remarkable frequency. Materials and processes continues to evolve, but visualizing the future where our products exist may nonetheless make us take a necessary step back to examine why we do what we do.

Haptic revolutions and the internet of touch – Iskander Smit

;The new wave of second skin connected devices like smart watches unlocks a new interaction paradigm of tiny haptic interactions. What will happen when wearables are embedded in our lives? What is the role of haptic interactions? In the first iterations of wearable devices vibro-stimuli have proven to be a very strong new interaction method. The design of these haptic interactions is still very undeveloped.

In this workshop we start with a short update from the research on haptic interactions. We will be exploring the power of vibro-stimuli in a demo-setting. You can literally feel the impact of different vibration-types and experiment with them to communicate. In a short design session we will discuss the use of the stimuli and make a basic communication device.

( Reference: http://thingscon.com/program2 )

I attended in lots of workshops, some of them was really interesting for me, but some of them was not interesting.

The most interesting workshop was ‘Design fiction’. At that time, we made small groups with each 4-5 people, and then got some object to make design fiction. It was related our speculative project, so I could actively participate in this workshop. At first, our group’s topic was financial. So, we got a coin purse, an electronic calculator, coins, a sticker, a padlock. In our group, there were 4 of students, 2 engineers, 1 office worker. So, we could have various ideas from them. We thought the future payment thing with a tattoo chip. It is about new methods of the payment. People can get a tattoo on the body, it can be connected to internet bank or payment system. So, when people shake their hands, it can be paid. Our idea would be quite more of science fiction, but we made a story very freely and funny. I couldn’t forget the workshop.

In addition, I get a lot of memorable workshops, I drew the pictures with the typography like stickers, and attended in some lectures..

It was my first time to participate in the conference, it was really useful for my work. Even though I’m still making my work, I could get many advices and information though the conference.