Awareness of Things: Designing Novel Data for Future Daily Objects

Yu-Ting Cheng

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Daily objects can capture rich information about who we are, our choices and what we value through our interactions with them. By taking these daily objects as inspirational material for design, this work introduces a new IoT design concept, the 'Awareness of Things (AoT)'. AoT is about the design of novel inter-object capabilities to construct knowledge of a situation or facts collectively. To position and further develop this concept, this paper presents four on-going projects to explore strategies for IoT designers to capture, identify, and design hidden, implicit or transient data streams from connected daily objects. By presenting these projects in relation, I aim to initiate new discussions on the design of AoT, and what new perspectives can be brought into the design community through a better understanding of data in design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS' 20 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-7987-8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
EventACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20: DIS'20 - Netherlands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202020 Jul 2020
Conference number: DIS'20


ConferenceACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20
Abbreviated titleDIS '20


  • Awareness of things
  • Iot data
  • Object-centric design


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