What we read this week (11 May)

This week, we read about a new approach to the alarm clock, shopping by Facebook Likes, considering the opportunities and dangers of the IoT, what a networked city of the future might look like, and James Bridle’s thoughts on digital culture.

Quotes of the week

The internet is human fanfiction.

-James Bridle, at NEXT12

Geography is now only about how far your body is away from your phone.

-Alexander Bard, at NEXT12

Articles of the week

  • Huffington Post: An Interview With James Bridle of the New Aesthetic
    James Bridle coined the term “New Aesthetic,” and so is the appropriate person to approach about what it means. For exactly a year, he used a tumblelog by the same name to collect examples of where the virtual overlapped with the tangible to form a new aesthetic. He tells Robert Urquhart of the Huffington Post about his observations in digital culture.
  • Deutsche Welle: The Internet of Things and sustainability
    Our friend Martin Spindler, a freelance IoT consultant, tells the Deutsche Welle about what IoT can do for us, and why it’s important to explore the benefits of possible implementations before dismissing them as being too risky in terms of privacy and data security.
  • design mind: The Networked Urban Environment
    Jan Chipchase, chief researcher at frog, gives a great primer on networked cities in this article. He shows the opportunities but also explains the questions we have to ask about all the data creation and the involvement of private companies in our shared city lives.
  • Selectism: UNIQLO Wake Up App
    Japanese apparel producer UNIQLO shows how brands can add both value for, and touchpoints with, their customers. In this case, they built a gorgeous multi-platform wake up app that pulls in live ambient data to create customized wake up ring tones.
  • The Verge: Real-time Facebook ‘likes’ displayed on Brazilian fashion retailer’s clothes racks
    C&A is experimenting with live data in Brazil. They’ve equipped their clothes hangers with a display that tells shoppers how many Facebook likes an item of clothing has received, in real time. It will be interesting to see how this feature affects consumer behavior and whether it catches on. A good example of how IoT might be integrated into everyday life.