Alpha-Ville Festival first launched in 2009, soon establishing itself as a pioneering curator and producer of art+tech events, conferences and exhibitions. Alpha-ville has recently started operating as an agency and creative studio. The new studio recently announced the launch of IOTORAMA, a new interactive project where people can learn about the “Internet of Things” in a playful way.
IOTORAMA consists of a web experiment available for all to experience at www.iotorama.io, alongside an interactive installation currently on exhibition at the Mobile World Centre in Barcelona until 31 July. The term IOTORAMA has been created by combining IoT (Internet of Things) and the Ancient Greek suffix “orama” (ὅρᾱμᾰ, hórāma), which means “sight”, “spectacle”.
The home, environment, body-mind, culture, DIY and social are all themes explored as part of the project. Users are invited to experience a game-like ecosystem of smart objects (circles), data sources (squares) and purposes (triangles) which, when linked together, unfold a curated selection of over 75 related projects. Inspired by the shapes and colours of the Bauhaus, IOTORAMA’s interface is comprised of a constellation of beautiful animations and soundscapes which provide a fresh approach to the world of IoT and challenge the traditional interface design and navigation.
The inspirational selection includes the smart home hub by Mother, a personal robot that acts as your PA, a couple bracelet by Bond that tickles your partner from wherever you are, a digital art canvas by Framed; the connected Hello Barbie; the solar-powered dress Wearable Solar by Pauline Van Dongen; and a DIY kit to build your own web-connected things by readDIYmate.
A series of Design Fiction projects have been integrated to reflect on possible future scenarios, inviting users to consider the social and cultural implications of connected technologies. In this category, people can discover projects such as Pplkpr, an app by Kyle MacDonald and Lauren McCarthy that tracks and auto-manages your relationships; Ethical Things by Simone Rebaudengo and Matthieu Cherubini, a device that questions the moral qualities of intelligent objects; Gofor Drones, a concept project by Alex Cornell which questions how we might use drones in the not-so-distant future, and a conceptual video about the future of the workspace and automobility by IDEO.
“In line with Alpha-ville’s forward-thinking ethos, IOTORAMA proposes an active approach to technology and in particular to the “Internet of Everything”, questioning the way we are designing the world of tomorrow”.
Estela Oliva & Carmen Salas, Alpha-ville Directors
The project has been directed and produced by Alpha-ville in collaboration Silvio Paganini and William Mapan of London based technologist collective FLUUUID, young creative and ex-Google Creative Lab Jonas Eltes, and sound designer Giganta. For the best viewing experience, please use Google Chrome.
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