Ubiquitous computing is changing the way we design interaction.
Treffyn is a Ubiquitous Computing design research student from Sydney, Australia. Before entering academia he was an interaction designer with experience working from San Francisco to India and Europe.
My research shapes how information is accessed and used, how environments might actuate and change based on need, and how embedded information in products can support their use.
Listed here are my recent projects. If these interest you, you can get in contact here.
Sensors are being put everywhere. That's only half the challenge. The next part is making each one able to act on collective data.
More efficient systems means doing more with less. This isn't just saving the world, but it leads to more interesting products too.
Be responsive. The very way we're doing age old activities is changing. With the internet of things, we're about to go through another huge shift.
Gaining insight is about linking why things have happened to what will happen in future. With big data this gets exciting.
Anticipation is no longer about guessing. As products become able to learn and adapt to their environment the future is about keeping your device relevant.
As the world becomes connected, some values become entrenched, but most constantly shift. Understanding this is great fun.
In a world with Google, information is not the problem.
Knowing what to do with it all is.
I use a process that achieves outcomes.
Ask the right questions to define the problem and uncover the real needs behind it.
Engage the right stakeholders and visionaries to ensure the foundations reflect your goals.
Develop designs into functional prototypes, then iterate until we think we're onto a winner.
Review, polish, test, launch, and track. Repeat where neccisary. High fives for all.
Cost effective weight sensing matts that are able to determine if goods have been miss shelved or stock is getting low. Particularly useful in high labour environments such as Libraries and Supermarkets. Database connectivity alows for almost unlimited automation like stock reordering, stocktake and alerts.
Cargo containers are regularly shipped without being full, whist cargo sits on the dock. This system automates the packing of containers, and pays shipping companies for extra cargo carried in otherwise unused space, saving carbon, time and money. The system retro-fits to existing supplychain RFID tags, reducing setup costs significantly.
Extending smart home possibilities - whilst reducing power consumption and the need for specialist cables! This ethernet-powered RFID and radio-wave hub provides a platform for otherwise unpowered objects in the home to connect to the internet and become 'smart'. Eg. power-outage resistant door security systems, and switched off power points.
This Japanese made device was designed to be a communications hub for the inderpendent elderly. My proposed additions use the inbuilt pedometer and GSM capabilities to measure unordinary shocks and report them to a private carer. This means that even if the person was knocked unconcious during a crash or accident, carers are immediatly notified, routed to speakerphone and if the person doesn't respond, an ambulance is called.
Designed for large events, these cheap waterproof bracelets can store event entry ticket details, and event money credit. Using e-paper technology, it clearly shows the remaining value on the unpowered wristband. The bracelet/event server setup protects event organisers from counterfit credit, and allows individual bracelets to be cancelled and reissued should it be lost. Bracelets can be topped up from a linked credit-card with a pin and swipe, allowing wallets to be left at home.
Imagine you’re in a supermarket and want to buy a can of Tuna. Pull out your phone and Ethics overlay places a colour around each of the products before you, taking the hassle out of choosing responsibly. Using edge detection, google image search and an open database of responsible food choices maintained by Greenpeace, Ethics Overlay can provide realtime product information based on your preferences. Wider advertising and product information uses are available.
Pollution concentration, pollen levels, temperature above and below yearly averages, traffic congestion, dam levels and more is freely available information in Sydney. Yet no one looks at this valuable data daily. It remains on government websites as a series of numbers. Displaying it in real time on a prominant landmark allows city residents to self-regulate.
Millions of people have an Amazon wishlist, or an Ebay watched item. Products on facebook have been liked over 950 million times. Yet there's no connection of this to the world around us daily. With Shop-A-Round, if you have location services enabled, when you walk past a shop that has a sale on a wishlist item of yours or stocks an ebay item you're watching so you can check it out first hand, you get alerted. Is it Sarah's birthday next week? If you list her as a close friend, one week out you can be notified of her public wishlists and watched items of hers too.
With 'Personalised Preview', one authorising click and you can see how the online app would fit into your workflow. See how that hot new web app would display your data without going through the hassle of signing up.
This simple idea is exciting and extendable! Why not have the windows close when rain is on it's way? Physical movement triggered by online information. Linking servo motors, lights etc to the free web based service IFTTT (If this then that) allows simple circuits anywhere in the world to act intelligently with almost no internet or processing power needed.
This tripod uses an infra-red beam to track the presenter on stage and rotate the tripod to ensure they're never out of the video camera's sight. Infra red solves the unreliability of GPS indoors, and avoids any mistakes and hardware needed for computer vision tracking.
EventTag tags photos with what was going on, not just where you were. Have photos from "Sam's 2nd Birthday", not just the house across town. It uses checkin data from Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare - and the gps location and time from your photo to guess events you may have been at. Allowing you to easily tag thousands of photos in a few taps.
Have you ever had a call from a number you don't recognise? Caller ID+ displays the 'best guess' for the calling party based on an internet search. Allowing you to have a little piece of mind if your boss calls from 'that other' phone you didn't have saved.
We set alarms when we're most tired, and need them when we're asleep. They should be foolproof. Never accidently set your alarm for PM again. AlarM checks when you usually set alarms for and warns you if it's a little irregular. Ever set a backup alarm? It also sets four alarms either side of when you choose to make sure you're up. Optionally it can disable sleep only after ten minutes of normal phone usage.