ThingsCon is a leading European conference about the future of hardware, connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), and includes talks, workshops and an international line-up of speakers, this year including LCC Lecturer in Design for Interaction and Physical Computing, Nicolas Marechal.
Nicolas’s presentation about his students’ work, ‘A design approach to IoT: the social objects’, outlined the MA course’s interest in exploring the use of technology. With the IoT currently led by technology rather than design, LCC students are encouraged to look at the role of design in shaping the future of objects.
This year each student was asked to find, define, refine and make a social object. Nicolas explains that social objects “are transactional as they facilitate exchanges, they connect the people who create, own, use, critique, or consume them”.
The resulting objects created by the students tackle the subjects of paranoia, sustainability, domestic violence, social addiction, haptics, disobedience, history and many other topics.
Four students secured job or project offers during the conference and exhibition, and some will be applying to Casa Jasmina, a project announced at the conference by sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling.