Beallagio Notes from a Voice-Enabled Internet Of Things

Casa Jasmina had the chance to join a Mozilla event hosted in the Rockfeller Foundation Center, Bellagio (IT). The Topic of the week was to reimagine a healthier Internet of Things, with a specific focus on voice.  

The group of amazing professionals we had the chance to work with embraced a wide range of points of view, experiences, and lives.HeaderMozillaWe felt – as often said – dwarfes on giants’ shoulders, bringing Casa Jasmina’s experience in the space of connected devices in a home, private environment.

It’s hard to depict all the different facets of such a complex and evolving topic. We tried our best to report back to the audience the state of the open-source environment around the home and voice nowadays, with so many – almost daily/weekly launches around such concepts.

This is our day-to-day discussion in Casa Jasmina lately.

Business and IoT

In the role of representing Casa Jasmina, I had the chance to work with Solana Larsen and Gillian Crampton-Smith on the business side of the IoT domestic appliance

The amount of data we produce is massive, and massively growing. And there are risks and evidence of this data being leveraged as a tool of commercial exploitation and political control. The Cambridge Analytica propaganda campaign for Brexit is just one example of what happens at the nexus of business and politics to use data profiling to gain power.

There are many clean and transparent tools to protect yourself (and that is what we promote that), but we witnessed a bigger problem: there is not a clean view about the ownership this collected data is referred to: the collector? The “author”?

If anonymity becomes a lux, and our choices traded, to what extent is our daily life and point of views not to be sold directly from us individually, or even in consortium? This – a little project and proposal based on simple assumptions about our daily behaviours and facts – is the work I’ve shared with Solana Larsen in our last days of Bellagio. (I have to say I’m honoured to have worked with the editor of the Internet Health Report).

Our Footprint

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“SmartThings is constantly phoning home” / http://imgur.com/rgUwD9Y Tools like pi-hole or dowse help us realize what is really going on in our networks / mobiles / homes / desktops.

The days in which our experience of the digital and physical worlds were separate are gone: our home is a massive data producer, of our voices, (and soon our smells when we’ll be able to monitor it).

The way we are monitored by different sites / scripts / tools is passive (i.e. we are not aware of it. It’s not mentioned by most of the services doing it, it’s a sort of hidden action). We are using a lot of free tools and services in which we are unwittingly the product of the transaction.  

The idea of an active monitoring (“I know I’m monitored”) and a direct monetization would reposition the user in the center of the transaction.

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Mike Henrty interviews 5 people. It shows them a online store that sells different webcams with similar prices and specifications. One of them has a “privacy champion” tag, which doesn’t get noticed or taken into account as an element for choice.  One of the hypothetical scenarios we journeyed was having the very same store selling a webcam that was being advertised as selling (when setted to its “sell” function) your informations on purpose, and gain money out of it.

2) What we should do

Legal advocacy for data ownership rights – We need think of ways to position the creator (the data laborer?) as the owner of his/her personal data and decider of how it is shared/sold/remixed/resold. A Stock Exchange for Your Personal Data [Gillian]

Multistakeholder process to decide governance framework for ethical trade – We need more thinking on better business models than the ones that have evolved from the flawed online ad industry, data mining, data brokering and invisible transactions that exist today. Information Fiduciaries and the First
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Develop and support tools that enable personal data monitoring and management – If we are to better understand, explain, gauge and manage our data we need mechanisms for measuring across multiple devices, physical location, time and input sources. Dowse, Pi-Hole

Evolve thinking around new business models involving data – We need to support creativity and scholarship around rethinking existing models, especially for IoT and disruptive Internet applications, voice, including data banks, fiduciaries, federated systems, blockchain, etc. Links: voice.mozilla.org, Tangle

At the end of the week we had to give what would have been our effort in trying to change or make this situation better.

Our (this is personal, but also shared with the Casa Jasmina Team) was: we’ll work in testing and developing different tools for a clean transparent digital home, in which different product (both proprietary and close or open-source) can coexist in the good of the inhabitant.

 

17862310_758018874359533_1238721121431899078_n Postcard from Casa Jasmina: the Home of the Future at Salone del Mobile

For Salone del Mobile week, a little piece of Casa Jasmina will be at Milano Design Week. Or rather, a postcard.

Postcard from Casa Jasmina – Chatting with the Home of the Future is an interactive installation representing a compact version of the home of the future. The exhibition is part of tech.NO.MAD – Feeling at Home Everywhere, an event born in collaboration with ThingsCon Milan, growITup, Cariplo Factory, THINGS and The Good Home. Five days of talks, workshops and exhibits on the concept of a neo-nomadic lifestyle. Because nowadays, with the aid of technology, one can feel at home anytime and anywhere.

The installation is made of six devices, framed in simple and archetypal wooden structures, for six of the most common functions in a domestic setting: a temperature control system, a sensor tower, a lightning system, an amplifier, a small thermal printer and a smart mirror. All made by hand in Fablab Torino, with open source technologies that are available to anyone.

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Not only a collection of the best of Casa Jasmina, but first and foremost an interactive experience. Postcard from Casa Jasmina replicates a 1:1 model of a home automation system, in which all the devices can be controlled by the visitors through their smartphone.

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What makes it possible is a chatbot: a software that is able to simulate a conversation with the user, responding to his requests. The exhibition is based on a conversational UI system designed to make the interaction process and the chatbot’s behaviour more and more sophisticated – to the point where the chatbot itself will try to anticipate the users’ desires and needs.

Postcard from Casa Jasmina is open for visitors on 5 – 9 of April, from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. and located in Cariplo Factory, via Bergognone 34, Milan.

P70205-121150 UXPills workshop: Una domenica a Casa Jasmina

A whole day in Casa Jasmina to discuss people’s expectations on IoT, home automation and the employ of chatbots. This is Una domenica a Casa Jasmina, the user research workshop run by UXPills with Ilaria Scarpellini and Mattia Della Libera.
On Sunday, February 5th, we hosted a group of twelve potential users and asked them to imagine how a chatbot would run the automated house of the future.
But first, we had to identify the needs it should address.

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Security, well-being, savings and entertainment were the four main themes we found, and each got assigned to a different workgroup. The groups were asked to imagine a chatbot taking care of these issues in the house.

Throughout the confrontation, four distinct chatbot personalities emerged.
There is the Mom chatbot, taking care of the house chores but, most of all, constantly worrying for the user’s health and providing affectionate advice.
The Butler chatbot has a similar function, making sure that everything in the house runs smoothly, but it knows its place and acts in a much more detached manner towards the user.

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Then we have the Handyman chatbot (or the McGyver chatbot, if you will). What it does is solve problems, fix things and provide smart solutions.
Finally, the Friend chatbot is… well, your friend: it’s all about interacting and having fun with the user while performing its duties, which often include setting the right music for a party or selecting the movies to watch according to the user’s mood.

UXPills provided a BOT kit that was used by the groups to imagine scenarios for each bot, enacting how the interaction process would take place.

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The results were interesting, sometimes hilarious, and certainly provided a lot of ideas. The UX designers of the future have a lot to think about!

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sociainnovation DSI4EU IoT and Social Impact workshop

On Saturday, February 4th 2017 Casa Jasmina hosted DSI4EU Internet of Things and Social Impact workshop, with Zoe Romano (WeMake) and Serena Cangiano (SUPSI Lugano).
Born in 2013, DSI4EU is a research project on digital and social innovation dedicated to investigating the employment of digital technology in social innovation projects and organizations, trying to create a network between these realities and, ultimately, to build a European community of social innovators.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss how Internet of Things, open source and maker projects can make a stronger impact on society. To do it we gathered people who are working on projects that use IoT technologies to address social issues, like open source hardware, health, environment, the creation of new business models.

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We discussed how values like collectivity, open technology, communication and economic sustainabilty are at the core of the maker community. But how can these entities become digital innovators? Which are the strategies to employ in order to scale and make a better impact?

The workgroups were introduced to a DSI Kit, an open source tool to help them create a Digital Social Innovation Scale to develop their projects in this direction and go from makers to changemakers.

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Here is Serena Cangiano’s thoughts on the experience:

“The workshop was a participative experiment through which we managed to define how social innovation projects that use IoT technologies can scale and make a stronger impact. It wasn’t a formation experience based on infallible methods. Rather, we learned through confrontation which are the strategies and actions one can dispose of to put maker projects in a social prospective”.

You can find the DSI scales produced during the workshop HERE.

 

c45e3bcf-fdf2-478e-82db-c6d7bdd22826 #CJonair: Casa Jasmina is on Airbnb

Casa Jasmina is happy to announce that our Airbnb is officially open! Starting today, you will be able to rent the apartment and be our guest in the home of the future.

Since its inauguration in 2014, Casa Jasmina has been an open source project: we opened our doors to innovation and creativity, to a new concept of “home”, to so many talented and clever people (now friends) who filled the rooms with their amazing creations.
Now we’re ready to open our doors and welcome anyone who wants to experience Casa Jasmina. Our guests will be part of the ongoing and ever-growing project that is Casa Jasmina with their feedback, suggestions and ideas.

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You will find that the home of the future is indeed very “homey”. You will not be facing a sci-fi scenario with hyper technological robots and sterile machines. We want Casa Jasmina to be a place where people can really see themselves living in a near future, with smart, easy-to-use and concrete objects, devices and solutions.
You will chill in a livingroom filled with parametric furniture and play with the lovely Pipedo. Like our Noctambula lamp? You can later download it and make it for yourself. You can enjoy a good breakfast in the kitchen or, when it’s sunny, on the terrace. And really breath in the atmosphere of via Egeo, a hot spot for creative people in Turin, with Fablab and Toolbox Coworking.

On the opening night (November 26th, 2016) we are glad to be hosting a very special guest: the first to spend the night at Casa Jasmina will be independent architecture and design journalist Annalisa Rosso. In November 2016 she was the curator of the 7th edition of Operae – Independent Design Festival in Turin (you can see her profile here) – which is why we are a perfect match!

There’s more! We have some exciting news for the many people, near and far, who have been watching the Casa Jasmina project grow over the last two years (and for those who have just found out about it, too).
Soon we will open our new Instagram channel with a special initiative to give you the opportunity to be our guest at Casa Jasmina.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for updates.

And for creatives, designers and makers, we’ll be launching a new Call for Ideas soon. Stay tuned on social media and on our website for updates!

Can’t wait to rent Casa Jasmina? Find it on Airbnb HERE.

beazleydoty Casa Jasmina at Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition | Design Museum, London

Casa Jasmina is proud to announce that our project has been selected for the 9th edition of Breazley Designs of the Year exhibition at Design Museum, London! Starting November 24th, 2016 and until February 19th, 2017, a selection of Casa Jasmina projects will be on display. The exhibition is part of the Museum’s re-opening programme in its beautiful new location in Kensington.

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Casa Jasmina is one of the 70 nominees for the Designs of the Year Awards, competing in the Digital category alongside with other amazing projects.
It’s a great honor to be part of the exhibition among so many brilliant, beautiful and bizarre projects: an augmented reality device that allows you to see the world through the eyes of an animal, a moth design generator, a do-it-yourself surgery tool and many more, including Fondazione Prada (Milan) and the design of David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar.

Beazley Designs of the Year has always been an initiative which looks forward to innovative forms of design and new ways to conceive arts:

Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

The projects hosted at the exhibition are, so to say, the art of the future. There’s no better place, then, for Casa Jasmina, the house of the future!

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If you happen to be in London during the next months, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the exhibition. For opening hours, booking your tickets and more info you can visit the Design Museum website.
And don’t forget to cross your fingers and wish us luck for the Award!

residency 3-01 Maker Faire Home, residency #3|”Daisy”, an interactive smog detector and “Il Guastafeste” a connected funny silencer

For this third residency period, Casa Jasmina is hosting two Italian makers: Valentina Lapolla from Tuscany and Ivan Iovine from Italian Switzerland.

Let’s start with Valentina

Valentina is a visual artist, living and working in Prato (IT). After a degree in environmental engineering and a PHD in applied statistics, she joined SenzaDimoraFissa group of artists and activists, founded by the photographer Andrea Abati. Based on a conceptual footing, her work is developed in an ongoing dialogue with reality and make use of many different media. Some of her recent projects are based on open source electronics.
Her work has been shown at Fondazione Fotografia (Modena, IT), Museo Pecci (Prato, IT), Casa Masaccio (S.Giovanni Valdarno, IT), Tenuta dello Scompiglio (Lucca, IT), Dryphoto arte contemporanea (Prato, IT), Museo de la Universidad de Alicante (Spain) among other venues. She won the Fondazione Fotografia Special Italia 2010 Award, the Portali dello Scompiglio Award and Special Mention at Un’opera per il castello Award (Naple, IT). For Maker Faire Home, she is working on Daisy is a paper flower that helps us to easily and clearly visualize air quality values.

 

The more Daisy is open, the more air is clean; the more air is polluted, the more Daisy is closed.
I like the idea of transforming an ephemeral and beautiful decoration into a visualizer of such a relevant issue.
With the precious help and expertise of Casa Jasmina team I’m sure we will be able to develop an enjoyable and helpful object.

Ivan Iovine, born in Ticino 26 years ago from Italian parents. He studied IT Business in Bellinzona (Swiss Diplom), after that, he choosed to move on and try a new life experience in Germany, first in Munich, where he worked one year as web developer, then in Frankfurt, where he actually live. In this last step of his life, he decided to start a new study where his actual IT competence can be combined with his creative skills. He is actually studying Interactive Media Design at Hochschule Darmstadt.

Ivan is working on “Il Guastafeste. He describes it as:

Il Guastafeste is a system that interacts directly with audio and lights devices presents at home. The system is composed by a sound sensor and a trumpet form object. The sound sensor is located near the house door, it detects how many Decibel coming from the flat, if the amount of decibel after 22 o’clock is more than the amount of decibel defined by law, the system will adjust automatically the volume and send a feedback to the trumpet (located in the living room), the trumpet will send an audio and visual (printed statement) feedback to the user. If the user ignore the system and set the volume louder, il Guastafeste will react consequently, turning off the sound system and lights present in the living room, breaking the party.

Ivan also says:

I consider Casa Jasmina one of the greatest and most interesting project in the Internet of Things / Home Automation field, i’m very exiting to see how this project grow up, especially in relation of the Airbnb Project and what kind of ideas you will cooking up right now! For me is a great opportunity to join you, explore your world and understand your philosophy!

Working hard using DIY techniques and Genuino MKR1000, they have one week to finish their prototypes. Come to discover this nice and amazing projects at Maker Faire Rome from 14th to 16th October 2016.

 

 

residency 2-01 Maker Faire Home, residency #2|Bizmo/a, a robotic connection

From today Casa Jasmina will host Scarlett San Martin and Josh Harrington from Opendesk.

Opendesk provides designer furniture that can be made locally, anywhere in the world. Opendesk host design files for digitally fabricated products. They have a global network of makers and a collection of furniture by a range of international designers, many of which are available to download freely under a Creative Commons license. Rather than spending on shipping and high street retailers, Opendesk transparently communicates where your money goes — as well as the cost of materials and making (paid directly to the manufacturer), the final cost also includes a percentage for both the designer and the Opendesk platform.

With this principle as our guide, we designed the original Opendesk for London based software company Mint Digital. When their New York office needed desks, we shipped the CAD file, not the physical desks and Opendesk was born. Hardware as software, made locally and on demand.

Scarlett and Josh won one of our residency and have five days to prototype BIZMO/A, a robotic avatar to connect people working and living far from each other.

 

Today you can live in London and work for a company based in Tokyo (…).We want you to feel connected to the people that you’re working with, even if you’re not in the same space as them. We envisage that you might have a mini version of your colleagues on your desk in your office at home. You can tap them to get their attention. You can send them little voice messages. You can tell if they’re at their desk based on the activity of their avatar.

To develop BIZMO/A, Scarlett and Josh will use a Genuino MKR1000 combined with other technologies and hardwares.

We’re hoping to develop Bizmo/a into a proof of concept that shows how remote teams can feel closer even when they’re working on different sides of a country or the planet. Specifically, we want to work on some basic visual recognition of a team member and use that recognition to power Bizmo/a’s movements, if the team member tilts their head, their Bizmo/a does too. We want to give each Bizmo/a a specific personality as related to that team member, we’re planning on doing this by using CNC and laser cutting techniques to form unique avatar representations of people.

You’ll see Bizmo/a at Maker Faire Rome next October and stay tuned to follow the prototyping process.

 

 

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Jacob Boast is an enthusiastic designer and engineer from UK. He is currently studying on the Innovation Design Engineering program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

Jacob will be the first designer hosted by Casa Jasmina for the Maker Faire Home residencies program. In collaboration with Maker Faire Rome, Casa Jasmina team is developing Maker Faire Home, a curating project that involve seven designers on a residencies program and will bring Casa Jasmina’s experience to European Maker Faire in Rome from October 14th to 16th.

Jacob will arrive next week the 25th to Turin for a one week residency with his SmogBazooka. SmogBazooka is a particulate pollution detector and collector.

“I am excited to be coming to Casa Jasmina in July to develop the SmogBazooka concept: a particulate pollution detector and collector for the home or in the community.”

SmogBazooka form-factor would be developed alongside the internal components housing to achieve a well-engineered and attractive, stylish and compelling device.

In line with the concept for being both an independent device in the home, or as part of a wider community network, Jacob will  network the device, and control it through Arduino cloud app as well as by manual control on the device.

“I hope to use Casa Jasmina’s expertise in interaction design when doing this. Personally, I see Casa Jasmina as a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with other designers and makers who aspire to create amazing functional, novel, sustainable and beautiful devices for the connected home of the future.”

Jacob is having the opportunity to work on one of his previous ideas. The challenge is to add new interaction aspects and to use Arduino Create and Cloud to control remotely the air purifier. SmogBazooka concept was already developed few months ago, now is time to give them a shape, an internet connection and an attractive interaction. Jacob will work on a lung like chamber, giving a life to the device.

Casa Jasmina team is happy to host and help Jacob and is looking forward to see him soon.

Follow next week the story of this first residency

 

 

 

 

casa_jasmina A “guest-book” note, Casa Jasmina experiences

Bruce Sterling is known as science fiction writer, in particular as father of the cyberpunk genre. Cyberpunk is mostly about a highly technological world, ruled by large corporations, where people struggle to survive in poverty and chaos; “High tech, low life”. Virtually as if he wanted to save us from this fate, Bruce over the last decade has less been engaged with fiction, but more with the technology-driven changes in the real world, however not only as a writer or speaker at conferences like Transmediale or Things Con in Berlin, but by taking action in the first place: One year ago he started ‘Casa Jasmina’ in Turin in Italy, a showroom for the domestic Internet of Things, together with the Serbian singer and activist Jasmina Tešanovi?, the eponym of the project. Casa Jasmina is about living comfortably with connected technology. This is by no means a matter of course. Although most people use a computer at home (today more likely smartphones or tablets than the ‘PC’), digital tech has not really become part of our home’s outfit. Most household appliances and other domestic stuff are not digital, and even less likely to be connected. Despite the industry’s promising for years to deliver domestic tech for the ‘smart home’, the offers don’t really pick up pace. The ‘intelligent fridge’ automatically re-ordering groceries has become synonym for technology that nobody would want. Bruce in contrast thinks that there would very well be room for digital and connected domestic technology; however not as presumed by Apple, Google, or Amazon. For this technology effectively becoming part of our home, it has to grow much more friendly, and less nerdy. And this is what is fathomed at Casa Jasmina. The Casa is located on the first floor (second floor in American counting) of an old industrial structure, right above the Fablab Turin, the first Italian Maker Space, and also home of the Arduino, which set standard for open source Internet of Things technology. The Maker movement has been demonstrating for a while now, how complex technology can be developed using up-to-date manufacturing methods, without the huge financial capacity of big industrial corporations. At the Fablab Turin, all kinds of furniture, tools, or devices are built with 3d-printers, laser cutters, or their own industrial robot; all open source, i.e. free to be copied, forked, and to be further advanced. The Arduino is also a technology that makes it easy to realize ‘smart things’. Together with Massimo Banzi, one of the inventors of the Arduino, Bruce has recently published a manifesto setting three criteria for a good IoT: Openness, sustainability, and fairness. While we simply accept that computers or smartphones stop working after two years, this wasteful conduct with technology will hardly work in our home. A LED lamp can shine for twenty years, but this is of no avail if the software making it ‘smart’ is outdated after two years already. That this is not just theorizing was once more demonstrated by Google lately, who rendered devices of their ‘Nest’ brand useless via remote maintenance to force their customers to buy new ones. The third postulate, fairness, is probably the most important: not to spy on people, not to turn their data against them, to leave people the sovereignty over their data. Maybe something else is also key for domestic IoT to succeed: good Design. In May, Casa Jasmina was venue for the ‘Share Art’, an international competition for electronic art. A prominent jury with members such as MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli or star-astronaut Samanta Cristoforetti appointed ten out of some four hundred submissions. All pieces were about domestic tech, about the Internet of Things at home. Projects like the Share festival help to open the perspective on the design, the aesthetics of the things of everyday digital life, beyond the slick, shiny cases that we usually find our digital gadgets closed into. Hopefully, Bruce’s efforts catch on, and we will soon find copies of Casa Jasmina in other parts of the World. At SXSW conference at least, a Texan variety of the Casa was announced to arise in Austin.

Joerg Blumtritt