In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.
We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: The Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices - which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace - Enchanted Objects.
Some believe the future will look like more of the same - more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. Rose has a different vision: Technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.
Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects is a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is essential listening for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who wishes to understand the future and stay relevant in the Internet of Things.
©2014 David Rose (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I aud a lot of books.
In my opinion, this book should be absorbed in between The Design of Everyday Things and Reality is Broken.
Science writer in America's heartland
This book conjures a magical "Harry Potter" world where soon ordinary-looking objects will be able to perform extraordinary tasks for us, thanks to the Internet.
Today, many home appliances can be linked together online, and Rose says this "Internet of Things" could extend to include any number of comfortably familiar objects in our daily lives—none of which will require a smart phone or computer to operate. (Think of having a light in your home that indicates the outside air temperature by color, versus using a weather app on your phone. The app gives you more detailed information, but the light tells you the basics of what you want to know in a glance.)
"Enchanted Objects" offers an easy-to-understand explanation of what the Internet of Things is, and what it could be in the future.
A great book for spurring ideas for new technologies and thinking about how the future may look.
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