Category: Learn

Photon Publish and Subscription Events

This post introduces the use of the Particle.publish() and Particle.subscribe() methods to enable photon devices to communicate via the Particle Cloud. ...more

The Sackler Conference at the V&A

In June, Sarah was invited to present at the Sackler Conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The theme of the conference was Art, Design and New Technology for Health and was an excellent forum for us to share the project. A full line up of speakers can be seen here. ...more

Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference 2015

We'll be at the Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG) Conference 2015 again this year. Health, Disability and Education Dates: Thursday 22 October 2015 - Friday 23 October 2015 Location: The Council House, Nottingham NG1 2DT ...more

UKCP Research Conference

On 18th July, Richard, Rachel and Matthew traveled to London to present at the Fourth UKCP Research Conference. UKCP is the UK Council for Psychotherapy. ...more

UbiComp/ISWC 2015 publications

citations and links for the papers presented at the Participatory Design workshop at UbiComp ...more

Designing with Smart Textiles – ancillary tutorials

The Internet of Soft Things project has contributed to material for a new book on Designing with Smart Textiles, shortly to be published by Bloomsbury (see listing here). This post lists the ancillary tutorial material listed in the book. Each link will take you to a short tutorial. Links will be added as material is developed. See also the longer integrated projects making a HUG ball and using a crochet stretch sensor. ...more

Phase One workshop reflections – participant films

Salamanda Tandem, a Nottingham based participatory arts organisation, are closely involved with An Internet of Soft Things: creative director Isabel Jones is a member of our advisory group, and she and partner Geoffrey Fielding have created a suite of beautiful short films with three of the phase one participants. Chris, Elaine and Meg all agreed to be interviewed on their experience of taking part in the workshops, and to be named in the films. Informed consent was personal to each of them, and we find that each focuses on a different aspect of the process. In a way these films might be called evidence, but they also demonstrate that in mental health normative forms of evidence, such as transcriptions of verbal accounts, and coherent narratives of recalled events, may simply not be feasible, or relevant. When you watch these films please bear in mind that Chris, Elaine and Meg live with quite different experiences of mental health issues, and that each day is different for them. In practical terms for research this can mean constraints on what can and cannot be included (such as faces, hands or voices); indistinct speech (or no speech at all); contradictory accounts of experience (within the filmed conversation, or in remembering previous experience); and a higher level of presence from the researcher or interviewer than 'objective' studies would call for. The three films can be viewed on Salamanda Tandem's YouTube page here. ...more

Mental Health Awareness Training

  Haley Berry of the Nottinghamshire Mind Network has delivered this excellent awareness training to the team twice now - once at the start of the project, and once for the invited textile artists in phase 2. Equally powerful each time. Mental Health Awareness Training 2015 ...more

An Introduction to Arduino & Micro-Controllers

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 and the concept of Breakout Prototyping. ...more

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