Summary of Network Topologies

Over the last few days both Steven and Tincuta hosted a workshop to introduce the IoST team to the world of Arduino and Micro-controllers. As part of the Workshop Steven also presented an introduction to Wireless Networking and Networking Topologies. ...more

Ubicomp’15 workshop accepted

Please see this important update to the workshop format. Members of the project team will be taking a workshop to the Ubicomp conference in Osaka in September 2015. This is an opportunity for developers and researchers to share experiences and learn about humanist approaches to participatory design. See the workshop webpage for more details and to sign up. ...more

Internet of Things Overview – // Build 2015 /

In this session, Microsoft provide an overview of the Microsoft IoT portfolio. They show how easily one can create solutions using Windows IoT “Athens" on mobile and industry devices. They also show Windows services that allow you to codelessly gather data from these devices to assess health, to manage state and to keep these them up to date. This session also covers the Azure IoT Suite, a comprehensive cloud-based offering for IoT that enables customers to quickly provision end to end IoT solutions supporting a wide range of devices and operating systems and take advantage of cutting edge Azure capabilities like stream processing and machine learning to power their businesses. ...more

Electronic Traces

Electronic Traces is an interactive project designed to allow ballet dancers to recreate their movements in digital pictures using a customizable mobile application. It was prototyped by product-designer Lesia Trubat mixing technological, artisanal skills and using Arduino Lilypad, force sensitive resistors and accelerometer. For more information on the project check out the arduino block posting here. ...more

IOST Flickr Account

Thanks to Tincuta the project now also has a flickr account. The account can be accessed via the following link. ...more

Phase 1 – Bassetlaw Mind workshops

  We recently completed a series of textile workshops with our co-researchers at MIND in Worksop. Workshops ran for six weeks, followed by a feedback and reflection session in week seven. Facilitators initially supported the group in the making of textile circuits and soft switches, later  incorporated into adapted garments, and a group circuit created by joining each individual’s made textile piece. One to one discussions developed into co-designed ideas, and the process of making became a shared activity as the weeks progressed. [gallery link="file" ids="221,222,223"] We value the relationships made with each individual during our seven weeks at MIND, and are hoping to continue the involvement of these co-researchers, as we move into the next phases of the project. ...more

Project featured in the Evening Post

The Nottingham Evening Post published an article about the project today. The article reads as follows: More comfortable hearing aids and a guitar strap that lights up are among items that have been created in Nottingham to help people with mental health issues. They were made possible by a grant of more than £300,000 to Nottingham Trent University to look into how “wearable technology and smart textiles” can help those with such problems. The money helped fund a series of workshops involving people with mental health problems in the design process of a new item. This could help them deal with their issues or simply boost their confidence. ...more

Last pilot study workshop………

.......... this afternoon! Looking forward to finishing making something and keeping fingers crossed it works   ...more

Phase 1-Pilot study workshops

For six weeks from November to December 2014 we conducted a series of pilot study workshops for An Internet of Soft Things. The workshops tested the planned practical activities; language used; the combination of PCA, textile making and therapeutic techniques; and the disciplinary relationships within our team. During the pilot study, participants developed textile circuits and soft switches using light as an output. They added electronic components to existing garments such as gloves and scarves, and then developed their own self-directed projects. Throughout the workshops, feedback and was collected allowing participants to reflect on their  experiences of the sessions and their wellbeing. [gallery ids="207,208,209"]   ...more