Project: Critical Design-IOT

Stochastic Systems: develop speculative and critical designs that respond to an interrogate notions of uncertainty, illegibility, and ambiguity.

Formative Presentation

If you’ve been following my previous posts, all of this will only be a summary/repeat. But it will give you a good idea about the reason I ended up with my final project. I intend to show Sensible Objects at Ars Electronica with videos and to start conversations about the relationship we have with objects. In the LCC studio, I created Fragment.menot to imagine if cloud storage had run out and memory has become a commodity. I used different materials to represent memory which lead me to think about the IOT gadgets we use in our homes. By 2020,… More

Sensible Objects

Sensible Objects are interactive data visualizers that make you aware of your connection to the internet and provokes interaction through various characters. Each object calls for interaction after some voice data is sent to the cloud through the emotion thermostat. If there is no interaction detected, the object will shut off the internet to protect you from sending more data unconsciously. This is so that it can tell if you are home or engaged in an activity that you won’t need internet for. For example, if you are having a house party and an object calls for interaction but… More

Centralized power takes over our home and final prototyping

This website talks about similar critics about IOT to the IOT manifesto through funny and totally stupid IOT products. It’s safe to say IOT is getting a bit out of hand here. On a more serious note, it looks like the centralized control of these home assistance devices such as Google Home will soon be invading even our home with ads. Although Google denies this, just watch the video @brysonmeunier yourself: New Beauty & the Beast promo is one way Google could monetize Home. cc: @gsterling @dannysullivan — brysonmeunier (@brysonmeunier)… More

IOT is just plastic

The 3 major issues I see with the internet of things are described below: Connectivity Without connection, our smart world of internet of things becomes plastic. I built this Lego home which has elements that look as if they could operate and do something, however it is just a plastic home model built from Lego. This is how I imagine the world in the future without connectivity may look. All just useless plastic but futuristic looking objects. This is the direction that I am going towards for the speculative unit. Below is an image of the Libelium Smart World which… More

Between data and memory

I have been working with 2 main subjects, one concerns the centralization, control, lack of privacy of data storage services and the other concerns the humanized and personally experienced nature of memory and how to make that a tangible commodity. Through Fragment.menot, I tried to materialize memory, asking “what is memory?”. As our personal data moves away from being controlled by ourselves and more by technology, that tangibility is the loss. Although this was interesting, I felt it did not communicate the consequences originally speculated about our personal data and privacy enough. To answer the questions, what got us here and… More


I have launched an online memory shop called Fragment.menot to go along with the physical shop in the LCC studio. The speculative online shop features the interfaces and forms that the memory comes in and a variety of genres: Nature, Crime, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Adult, Sci-fi, Action, and Comedy. The only promise is: “Our labs are working hard to bring you the rarest & most real experiences.” I have also created a Terms of Use agreement with combinations of real agreements from social and storage websites we use today: Fragment.menot Terms of Use… More

View Master

A friend of mine told me about the View Master that she used to have when she was a child. View Master and reels This was used for kids to see and imagine other worlds and they could also make their own reel with their own memories. So I’ve decided to explore this idea as a way for memories to be stored and played for the future. The sketches above show a sample memory reel as well as an exmple of a punched tape. Both being ways that were used to store memory and data. Prototype… More

In the future of memory

In the near future, people will sell their memories in order to be remembered. In 2005, Kryder’s law suggested that disk storage density is growing, making storage space larger and cheaper. But in 2014 it started to slow down. In the future, suppliers of storage will be able to charge you for storage space. This Tuesday, Amazon Web Services had a 5 hour outage. Websites and their backend storage as well as apps and internet of things gadgets that relied on it were forced offline. Some you may know are, Nest, GitHub, Medium, Slack, Adobe’s cloud,… More

E&C shopping centre take over planning

In Marcel Proust’s novel, Swan’s Way, he writes that memory is dependent on the moment and mood of the individual remembering. In other words, experience. He stated before neuroscientists discovered that memory is always changing. To remember is already in itself an act of disremembering. In Jonah Lehrer’s writing, Proust was a Neuroscientist, the psychologist seconds that by saying, “A memory is only as real as the last time you remembered it.” (NY Times) My research and studies in this subject since when I started has converged to the tension between experience and memory. When does an experience become a memory and… More

Narrowing down the research

The diagram shows a few different ideas I was working with in the topic of the limit of the internet and other ideas. It’s time to converge my train of thought along the lines of memory. It looks like the meaning of the memory is associated with how and what tools we choose to use to retain those memories. We transfer memory to the machine in an external storage system called the cloud. This means there is a clear distinction between conscious memory and unconscious memory. The conscious memories are stored in the cloud, on hard drives, in photo books, and these are the memories… More