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Becoming Immersed in the Future Mundane

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


In this talk I will present the Research through Design (RtD) project, the Living Room of the Future (LRoTF). Through the design, development and experimentation with the functional and fictional prototype, the LRofTF builds on a corpus of existing work and progress two particular research strands. First, its explores the potential for Object-Based Media (OBM) as a means for the providers of broadcast media to deliver more immersive experiences to audiences in a domestic setting extending it to include connected objects. The LRoTF also explores data protection issues associated with OBM’s use of data by integrating with the privacy-enhancing Databox system and deliberately making transparent the flows of data and transactional nature of data gathering. Second, through the reflexive RtD process I will attempt progress the understanding of Design Fiction. Whilst Design Fiction as World Building describes strategies that place emerging technologies in potential futures, in this work we have expanded the scope of these prototypes in order to co-produce, with an audience, a ‘lived’ experience of the future. Design Fiction always leverages diegetically situated prototypes to cast light on potential futures, this work expands on the approach by situating audiences directly within the same diegesis. In doing the work contributes towards methods for designers to explore how today’s emerging technologies may become tomorrow’s mundane normality.

External organisation (External collaborations)

NameUniversity of Waikato
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand