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Bytes and Atoms

Involution Studios

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Bytes and Atoms

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Where digital meets physical, the revolution is already here. Join us for an evening of presentations and discovery around the interaction of things.

Please join fellow designers, engineers, technologists and artists at Brightcove headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts as we explore the next great shift in interaction design. 

As we move beyond the screen, to connected devices and ubiquitous sensors, the internet of things enables us to know ourselves at greater fidelity (for good and bad), to plan our lives and cities better, and to engage with others more quickly and effectively. 

Through real-world stories and demonstrations, learn how people are combining data and physical products: From using sensors in retail spaces for generating customer interaction data and analytics, to measuring building performance for energy and occupancy, to controlling physical environments through gestural interaction.



Brick and Mortar Data Shadows

Erik Dahl, Director of Design Strategy and Scott Sullivan, UX Designer, Involution Studios Columbus 

There are massive amounts of data that exist in the physical world that go un-noticed, un-captured and un-utilized, because we don't have direct access to it. For a brick-and-mortar store, knowing exactly how many people walked by versus how many come in their store compared to how many people stopped and looked at a particular product would be invaluable information. Every day, large amounts of this valuable physical-world data are going uncollected because it's either too difficult or two expensive to capture it. However, it's now easier and easier to collect data about the physical world.

Because of this shift, we are currently deploying prototype sensor networks using Arduino and Processing in retail spaces to collect anonymous data about human movement. These new streams of physical world data allow us to understand patterns, contextualize behavior and make the invisible visible. These experiments are the tip of the iceberg for the future of retail analytics, but the business implications go far beyond simple retail analytics. Join Scott Sullivan and Erik Dahl of Involution Studios as they discuss their experiments and the coming implications of this new convergence.


Programming Innovation: Hardware Hacking

Laurence Koret, IT Manager, Pivotal Labs

Laurence will demonstrate how a number of hardware hacking projects at Pivotal now have practical applications. Pivotal is saving money and innovating as they embed sensors and cheap electronics into their work environment. This talk will cover how hardware innovations are changing programming at Pivotal.

How these hardware innovations are changing programming at Pivotal:

• Project Monitor and how Pivotal uses it.

• A Raspberry Pi running a CI monitor instead of a Mac mini.

• A laptop cabinet key and lock replaced by the same swipe card used to enter the office. Security and tracking device all in one.

• No phone no problem. Creating a two-factor authenticator on a LeoStick for logging into Google Apps.


Interconnected Intelligent Space – Today and Tomorrow

Erin Rae Hoffer AIA, LEED BD+C CSI, Senior Industry Programs Manager, Autodesk

Today, we spend the majority of our lives indoors, where the spaces we occupy are mute and our interactions with the architecture which defines our existence are simple and limited. Transforming the built environment into a networked set of data-enabled devices represents an incredible opportunity. How will we live in the future when the spaces we inhabit are interconnected and intelligent? What relationships will we build with our architecture? And how will these spaces ultimately shape us? The session will present a case study of the Trapelo Road project, an office space developed to integrate intelligence and to drive improved energy performance and occupant comfort. We will conclude with a speculation on the implications of Trapelo Road's innovations for the future of interfaces, architecture and occupation. 

Me and My Data vs. Me as Your Data 

Scott Stropkay, Partner, Essential Design

We are attracted to, and repelled by, the idea of being monitored. Context, control, privacy, anonymity are just a few of the ideas that need to be understood and carefully balanced to build successful products and successfully connected communities. Scott Stropkay, Partner at Essential Design, will share end-user research findings on the design of systems that monitor your personal performance, your diseases, and your behaviors in private, actively shared, and open contexts. 


An Ode to Non-invasive, Hyper Surveillance

Juhan Sonin, Creative Director, Involution Studios

Physiologic information are the patterns of life. Our biologic and digital signatures, like biometric identification, facial recognition, odor analysis, and health condition detection are rapidly converging into an aggregated data and decision space. Non-invasive hyper surveillance will eventually produce a majority of all personal "physiologic signs". And these early detection techniques combined with patient behavior change strategies can dramatically impact health outcomes. Get ready for a thought provoking lightning talk on the future of connected health with Juhan Sonin.



Have questions about Bytes and Atoms? Contact Involution Studios
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290 Congress Street
Third Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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