Exploring new perspectives in the Internet of Things

I’m still ecstatic about the eclectic diversity of the cohort. The idea of having ethnomusicologists alongside archaeologists and electronic enginee

We’re three and a half weeks into REACT Objects Sandbox!

I’m still ecstatic about the eclectic diversity of the cohort. The idea of having ethnomusicologists alongside archaeologists and electronic engineers, collaborating with talented designers and being on course to contribute meaningful and new perspectives to the Internet of Things is brilliant.

It’s great to see most of the project teams finding focus. They’ve thrown hundreds of ideas into the mix and have now established the thing, the use-case that they need and want to explore for Sandbox. I’m pretty confident at the end we’ll have some well refined working prototypes, that are based in insight, user testing and in many cases supported by fascinating academic research, which just adds to the beauty of Objects Sandbox!

Time has flown by… At the beginning we kicked off the Sandbox with the Welcome Workshop. An opportunity for the cohort to get to know one another, present their projects, eat well and spend a day developing their projects through experience prototyping. Throughout Sandbox, we'll talk a lot about prototyping fast and iterating often and the second day of the Welcome Workshop was introducing that idea. Cardboard, Littlebits, storyboarding and presenting user-journeys through Vines seemed to trigger productive discussion throughout the day and at the end their were some really good Vines, below is one from the God Article project:



UX Video Sketch 'God Article' Alexandros + Anthony.

In the second workshop we’re taking the idea of iterating and prototyping fast further. Leila Johnstone will present a fascinating talk on ‘Making things fast’. And in the afternoon, we’re delighted to have Kim Plowright facilitate a storytelling workshop around objects and artefacts.

Projects are already thinking about the bigger picture beyond Sandbox and how to bring their products to market. The Breathing Stone project for example, have had meetings in California with innovation incubators and will be talking about the project at the Wired Health event later next month. And of course, REACT are working away in the background too. We’re already thinking Showcase and are working with our PR agency and our business advisor to establish where and how to best present and support all the projects now, and in the future...

It’s a pretty exciting time – the world of the Internet of Things won't have seen a group of products like this before!


~ t

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