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Best Design Fiction Projects

2015/16 IoT Awards

Grounded as much in imagination as reality, design fiction is about bending the rules. It’s about asking “What if?”, and using the remains to probe the edges of our changing world.

The results may only be props or prototypes — but the best ones, as recognized by the Design Fiction award, end up helping us navigate our near futures and the stories they share.

Winners

Ethical Things Ethical Things

The "Ethical Things" project looks at how an object, facing everyday ethical dilemmas, can keep a dose of humanity in its final decision while...

Objects of Research Objects of Research

Around the question: Who is the object in the Internet of Things?, the project explores the scenario in which artefacts in the house could not...

Black Mirror Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes...

Nominees

An Ikea Catalog from the Near Future An Ikea Catalog from the Near Future

Ask yourself — in the IoT future, what role might Ikea play? They make 'things', don't they? And not just hokey, silly, confusing things, things...

Connected Lamp Connected Lamp

Alamp capable of conveying an intangible emotional connection between patients at the hospital and their family and close friends. I also led...

Hertzian Armor Hertzian Armor

Design academics Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby coined the term “Hertzian Space” to describe the invisible and energetic — but very real — world of...

Mechanomics Mechanomics

In the late 40’s and early 50’s Economics Professor Bill Phillips created a hydro-mechanical analogue computer, which used the movement of water...

SPACEJUNK SPACEJUNK

The 5 twigs in this installation point in unison in the direction of the oldest piece of human made space debris currently above the horizon. The...

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is an ongoing prototype developed and run by the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab that...

Teacher of Algorithms Teacher of Algorithms

Teacher of Algorithms looks at another aspect of automated behavior: What do you do when your "smart" gadget's machine learning algorithm doesn't...

The Cow of Tomorrow The Cow of Tomorrow

“The Cow of Tomorrow” describes an extreme future use of animals taking notions of utility and domestication to a logical end.

A tiny...

The Ritual Machines The Ritual Machines

The project, a collaboration between the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the Digital Interaction Group at Newcastle...

The Selfie Plant The Selfie Plant

In recent times, the selfie culture has risen in popularity, but it has also raised a few questions. Whether the Selfie culture helps to build...

Uninvited Guests Uninvited Guests

Thomas, aged 70, lives on his own after his wife died last year. His children send him smart devices to track and monitor his diet, health and...

Wing Wing

This robotised interactive object / installation looks like a wing, spreading 2,5 meters, hung on the height 3-4 meters. A thin cable is hanging...