The Alternative to IoT

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

The Alternative IoT

Spring 2022

Taught By: Sibel Guler

Section: A

CRN: 8449

Credits: 3

What can we learn about designing for the Internet of Things by exploring alternative realities? It is estimated that there will be 125 billion connected IoT devices by 2030; what meaningful impact can these connected devices have in our lives that are overlooked by other methods of futuring? We will use alternate worlds to encompass alternative presents, futures and pasts. This course will survey a history of alternative technologies, the evolution of the Internet, and projections for the future of connectivity to inform new possibilities. Using speculative, critical design, participatory, and design fiction methods, we will envision alternate uses and scenarios for IoT. We will investigate concepts like the Internet of emotions, community technology, radio nature, decentralized networks, smart products, and other trends to develop ideas that are not driven by industry and market predictions but rather by human and environment centric interactions. Assignments will include readings and quick sketch style ideations. Classes will consist of discussions and hands-on prototyping workshops. Prior experience with electronics is not necessary, but recommended. The course will culminate with a final project consisting of a functional speculative IoT prototype and narrative designed for an alternate world, designed using an IoT prototyping kit.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:01am 12/1/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022