University of Dundee and Mozilla are launching OpendoTT, a paid PhD Program for a more open, secure, trustworthy Internet of Things.
The challenges of the Internet of Things require interdisciplinary thinking.
As IoT evolves, the internet becomes more deeply entwined in humans’ everyday lives.
Data flows around us in ever more complex ways: wearable technologies monitor our heartbeat, AI voice assistants cohabit our kitchens and our children’s bedrooms, smart cities know our every move and facial recognition determines our access across country borders. These technologies need to be built responsibly, and this practice requires the cultivation of design research and advocacy.
OpenDoTT is a PhD program by University of Dundee and Mozilla that will train technologists, designers, and researchers to create and advocate for connected products that are more open, secure, and trustworthy. The project is made possible through the funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.
We’re proud to announce that Officine Innesto – the company running Casa Jasmina – will provide the training in open hardware and that Casa Jasmina will be one of the venues of the program.
The first trainees will begin in July 2019. There are five available slots.
Apply to have a chance to help building a healthier IoT!
Applications will close on Friday, January 25th.
Turin is slowly moving into a hot Autumn. We are closing our Magic Monday Programme and finalizing new activities embracing a wider scope of experiences – more about this soon.
This post is to celebrate and confirm an old legacy in the best Casa Jasmina tradition, our new Maker in Residence: Alberto Perro is joining our team for this Autumn- Winter season.
Alberto has been toying around microcontrollers since the age of 14, and has been developing, while studying Physics, different projects such as SismikPi.
Alberto is already fixing some bugs in our day to day of the house, yet we are going to put into action some of the latest things we’ve worked on so far, like adding voice (snips.ai) in English and possibly Italian, working on Users (Home Assistant 0.77) within the home environment, spend some time in studying and developing automations based on the new Airbnb APIs.
We’ll keep you posted about everything Alberto does (the place to go to follow his day-to-day struggles and triumphs is our Instagram stories feed) and listen to your advices.
The fifth edition is approaching for Torino Mini Maker Faire, and of course Casa Jasmina will play a big role in the faire of innovation.
We will open our doors to visitors with many guided tours during the day:
Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd
11.00 – 11.30 am
11.30 – 12.00 am
15.00 – 15.30 pm
15.30 – 16.00 pm
16.00 – 16.30 pm
For the occasion, we have the pleasure to once again exhibit the projects from Politecnico di Torino Design by Components Course! Nine prototypes created by teams of students specifically for Casa Jasmina will find their place in the house.
To learn more about our collaboration with Politecnico and prof. Fabrizio Valpreda, you can also attend the dedicated Talk: Chi compone il design per componenti? on Saturday, June 2nd – 2.30 to 3.00 pm
In addition to the traditional tour, maybe you will be interested in taking a Virtual Reality tour of Casa Jasmina: our videomaker friends from Motionpixel have done an amazing job crafting the 360° Casa Jasmina Experience! With some very special guides: Jasmina Tešanovic herself, curator Bruce Sterling and project manager Davide Gomba (Officine Innesto). You will find it in the VR Arena inside Mini Maker Faire.
You can also learn the basics IoT and discover how to build your very own connected home with the workshop Talk to your Home Intro: we’ll see you on Sunday, June 3rd 2.00 to 3.00 pm.
And don’t miss the chance to attend the talks of Share Festival, starring Bruce and Jasmina:
Saturday, June 2nd | 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Talking about Monsters!
with Bruce Sterling and Wolf Lieser (DAM Gallery, Berlin)
Sunday, June 3rd | 6.00 – 7.00 pm
with Jasmina Tešanovic, Régine Debatty and the women of Share Festival
See you at Mini Maker Faire!
On March 6th – 8th, Casa Jasmina had the pleasure to host the Design by Components Exhibition, born from our collaboration with Politecnico di Torino.
Twelve teams of students of the Design by Components 2017-2018 Course were asked to develop projects to improve Casa Jasmina and its inhabitants’ experience in the house.
Many crucial themes and necessities were addressed in the developement process, among which:
- the need of a navigation system for the house
- the sorting and recycling process
- reduction of water waste
- quality of the air
- making the guests’ experience more comfortable/fun/interactive…
Some of the projects addressed these issues in a very practical way, aiming for functionality and the smartest solution. Others had a somewhat playful component to them, enhacing the user’s experience and the interactive aspect.
The result was the most varied and creative assortment of projects – you can find a list and presentation of each here.
The projects were then prototyped, displayed and put to test during the exhibit.
The big night of the Opening Party was on the 6th of March. Prof. Fabrizio Valpreda (Politecnico di Torino), Fabrizio Alessio (maker of Fablab Torino and creator of TooWheels), Davide Gomba (CEO of Officine Innesto) and the students were present to introduce and sum up the good work done together over the span of the last three months.
For us at Casa Jasmina it’s always exciting to see the house packed full with projects and people!
It was a really pleasant, calm and designful moment of connection between people AROUND open projects INSIDE one of them! Thanks to all the people involved!
said Prof. Valpreda.
What will happen next? Our collaboration with Politecnico certainly isn’t over. You’ll just have to wait and see…
Here at Casa Jasmina we’re always eager to open our doors to makers, designers and visitors. But, we have to admit, we have a bias for students: fresh minds always come with fresh ideas.
This year, our friend and supporter Prof. Fabrizio Valpreda of Politecnico di Torino decided to make Casa Jasmina a real-life working field for his Design by Components Course:
Designing new products, personal goods, devices is a matter of defining and connecting different complex components. Those are the results of different knowledge fields, and those fields are typical of different people. So, by extension, we could say that design is a matter of connecting people. There lives the idea to make our students experiment those connections with the best examples of innovation mates we have in our local area: Officine Innesto, Fablab Torino and Casa Jasmina were the perfect communities to make that experimentation real.
Twelve teams of students were asked to develop projects to improve Casa Jasmina and its inhabitants’ experience in the house. Some of them even came to life and were prototyped in Fablab Torino.
We already showed you the first stage of the projects in a previous post. Now, we’re ready and happy to present the final results to the world!
PoliTO Design by Components Exhibiton @ Casa Jasmina
March 6 – 8, 2018
Casa Jasmina – Via Egeo 16, Torino (first floor)
Inauguration Party on Tuesday, March 6th
- 6.30 PM – Introducing the Exhibition with Prof. Fabrizio Valpreda (Politecnico di Torino), Fabrizio Alessio (Fablab Torino maker and creator of TooWheels), Davide Gomba (Officine Innesto CEO).
- 7.00 PM – Exhibition Tour: each team of students will present their project to visitors
The exhibit is FREE & OPEN for everyone.
A welcome drink and a small buffet will be offered to all of our guests.
Fabrizio Valpreda is teaching in Politecnico di Torino and he’s been a friend & supporter to Casa Jasmina since day one.
With the help of Arianna Rattazzi and of Fablab Torino maker and TooWheels creator Fabrizio Alessio, he asked the 2017-18 Design by Components Course (50+ students) to imagine and design projects able to meet Casa Jasmina’s inhabitants. We are working together with them to bring some of these ideas to life.
While we are planning to spend our January’s days & nights on this, feel free to have a sneak-peak of these projects:
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.We 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).
“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.
Michael story of the webcam
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.