Smelly Chairs & Musical Ties

What is the future of ‘things’? How can we improve ‘things’? With the internet, almost anything is possible!
So what should we do first? Set our ovens up to cook our dinner for us before we even get home? Set our cups up to tell us how strong the drinks are we’re making and keep track of how much we’ve had to drink all night. What about rigging up an office chair to tweet every time someone farts on it?

Yes, that’s right. A chair that tells the world when you fart.

Randy Sarafan set up his office chair, using a natural gas detecter, and rigged it so every time he farted while sitting on said chair, the world knew in seconds.

It’s this kind of advancement in technology that creates wonder in how efficient and effective this could be in the future. While tweeting due to farts is probably not the most amazing thing in the world, just think of the possibilities that the internet of ‘things’ can bring to you.

The internet of things could be efficient in so many ways. Life would become much more convenient. As Bleecker (2006) states, these things become “first-class a-list producers of conversations in the same way that human bloggers do” and this is done through “starting, maintaining and being critical attractors in conversations around topics that have relevance and meaning to others who have a stake in that discussion”.

These objects will be able to think for themselves and make life more convenient.

So what does this mean for the world? Where do these ideas come from? Who would invent a chair that tweets when you fart? The fact is, when it comes to ‘The Internet of Things’, you mix your imagination and the internet, and the limits are almost endless!

You want a pair of socks that measures the smell intensity of your feet and tracks? You make it! You want a tie that plays your favourite song when you walk into a crowded room so you can strut your stuff? I don’t know how you’d do it, but if you want it, you make it!

Imagination + internet = endless new invention ideas!

Bleecker, J. (2006) ‘Why Things Matter: A Manifesto for networked objects’