Nanobots in 2050! Inside my body? WHAT!

As the weeks progressed, we moved towards our 3rd design Jam which was based on Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
We were introduced to the concept of physical things exchanging information to make little tasks easier and give the end users a wholesome and completely “cut to their needs” experience.
As we went through the same process of grouping and brief creation, I realized how lucky I had been to be placed in a completely different team in each Jam. By the end of this jam I had worked with everyone in the class with just 1 exception. This time I worked wit Geilda, Nishesh, Sabrina and Kyle.
We got our heads together, and created a brief and then it was time to switch it with other teams. The moment of big revelation came and our brief asked us to

“How would Iot help design an efficient Toronto by 2050”

At first all of us were slightly taken back by the magnanimity of the brief, which talked about designing an entire smart urban city system in 3 weeks, but everyone on the team took the challenge very sportingly and we began mapping what defines Toronto now in 2015, to have an idea of what can we expect of this ever expanding city in 2050. This proved to be another challenge, because none of the people in the team were actually from Toronto. We did spend our time about what makes Toronto uniquely different from the rest of the metropolitan cities, and soon came up with a mind-map of everything that makes Toronto TORONTO.

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The next logical step beyond this was to categories our mind map and narrow down the brief to one sector, so that we can map out the system and understand how technology would effect it by 2050. We chose to go with healthcare as Canada is known for its healthcare policies and are possibly one of the finest in the world.

After spending another week on this we came up with the nanobot technology, that works like flu shots, you take every year. It essentially injects data collected nanobots in the blood stream which aim to keep your body fit from the inside, by giving you access to real time data. Nanobots or as we called them CBCs (Census blood cells) could be revolutionary as they could help

-detect an early stage of a long term disease/abnormality

-Prevent diseases and alerts about nutritional deficiencies in body.

-Maintain medical history and convey abnormal behaviour.

These CBCs would then be connected to ones family physician or hospital, giving them access with ones permission about ones abnormal bodily functions, in time. They would form an entire network of machines talking to machines, to behaving a certain way during an emergency, reminding the medication, maintaining records and syncing to house devices to monitor nutritional deficencies, and altering diet patterns. 

To convey our concept better, we came up with a hand drawn map of Toronto and cooked up three personas, one person who met with a car accident and needs emergency care, another person, who had a heart attack and a third person who sustained a minor injury and sprained their ankle while at home. We explained, how CBC’s would behave in each situation. From sending medical history to the hospital, to create street diversions for emergency vehicals to just giving instructions about first aid to the person with minor injury and scheduling an appointment with their general physician.

This design jam proved to be an exciting one, with the team working to its full potential. We came across many hurdles during the jam, but it was worth it. Our concept and its presentation was received with much appreciation, from not just the faculty but also our classmates.


Time for JAM 2

As we stepped in the second month of school, we were introduced to more complex projects. Everything started to seem a little more interesting. Some people instantly grew comfortable with each other while others were still trying to know each other. As we rolled in the Wednesday class for our 4th week, we were introduced to our new design Jam, which was based on wearable tech, with an interesting twist to it.

Normally, we would get divided in teams and create a brief, coming out with a solution to the brief was the challenge, we faced in the following weeks. However, this time we got divided in three teams and created our brief, keeping wearable technology as our central theme, after that our professors decided to switch our briefs with one another.
This worked out really well in two ways,
All the ideas that we had in our minds while creating the brief, would not be taken forward, getting us back to square one and forcing us to think beyond our initial ideas, which opens up our minds and we start accepting more concepts instead of fixating on one initial concept.
Secondly, we get to step in the shoes of a client, to hand over our brief to another creative team and communicate our vision and expectations to them. This helps us to understand the point of view of both the sides of the creative process.

Excited to embark on this journey, we received our brief which was to make changes in the fashion industry to challenge our consumerist behavior and reduce planned obsolescence.

ChameleO team on to something big. (Concept finalization process)

ChameleO team on to something big. (Concept finalization process)

We did a lot of research on future of fabrics and how planned obsolescence has made us the prime consumers, ready to spend all our money on the ever changing fashion trends. By this time all of us had an idea of where the project was going and some beautiful ideas began to emerge. Over the next week that followed, we as a team did this massive brainstorm, where we doodled our individual ideas and put them together to combine. We came up with what we named CHAMELE-O

CHAMELE-O is a system of future clothes, that makes use of smart woven fabric and OLED glass fibers together to create a self shedding and adjusting clothing line. We came up with a concept, where the smart cloth, would be integrated with thermal sensing technology and make changes to its thickness and length according to the outside temperature, just as a chameleon makes changes to its appearance according to the environment.

We decided on a no waste system, where user would be responsible of collecting all the shedding of the clothing and take it to the facility when the season changes from summer to winter to weave a thicker garment, which would the follow the same circle. Keeping in mind the changing trends and color usages, we decided to keep it all white, attached to an app which can then be used to upload designs, patterns or colors to the OLED enabled cloth.
Giving users full accessibility and ease of customization to create a NEW FASHION TREND EVERYDAY, which suits their body type.


The set of people I worked with this time (Soraya, Anzella, Kris and Qayam) were all very good with their skill sets, so we worked individually and as a team on this project. We gave each other enough space to come up with their individual ideas and then when we met as a team, I was happy at how seamlessly we were able to integrate some part of each others concept in the final concept.

It was no surprise that this design jam turned out to be better than the one we did earlier as this time, we had a lot of good ideas on the table, and making the decision, to go with one, while still constantly upgrading it was a good way to design systems.
I thoroughly enjoyed this time, we spent working on the design jams as it feels like a break from the regular class work and also an opportunity to go wild with our creative sides.

AURA - Design Jam 1

I started George brown college, a couple of weeks ago and am filled with overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement about going back to school. The first week went by with the introduction to all the great things to look forward to in the course and the people with whom I will be sharing my studio space for the next one year.
By the second week, we all started to settle down and were trying to know our classmates a little better, while still getting used to, to completing assignments and dealing with deadlines. Amidst all this newness, we were introduced to the idea of a Design Jam. The class was randomly divided into Three groups and before we knew it, we were already discussing team names and finalizing on our area of work.

For the next 2 weeks, that followed, it changed our class equation several folds. Everyone grew comfortable within their own groups. We started arriving early or waiting late after class. With better understanding of people and their strengths in the group, we came up with roles that not only used everyone's strength but challenged them to go beyond that.

Week 2 marked the ideation phase, or what we like to call it 100 ideas. We were guided by Ramon and Xavier to produce as many ideas as possible as during this time quantity was more important than quality, and use sticky notes for them. Idea generation started with the most obvious ones but we quickly realised how bizzare we can go with it and then the crazy suggestions started flowing in, including the ones that only made sense when combined with a few posted earlier. By the end of the half an hour ideation process it felt like, we had squeezed every possible idea and put it on the sticky note. This got us to the second phase of ideation which was grouping ideas in broad categories and trying to make sense out of it.

After we grouped our ideas in 6 major categories, we started noticing the links and could see our solution shaping up. We tried to formulate a concrete solution, only to find how a bunch of words we noted down fall into the solution prominently, while some others discretely. The whole of the second week went into polishing and refining our idea into an actual well thought out concept with a name and face, giving birth to AURA, the first holographic visual extension to your voice. As we went deeper into refining the concept we realised how it can be used as a tool for children with learning disorders or elderly people with hearing impairment.

Week 2 came to an end, and it was time for us to present our creation to the Interactive media group, our presentation was received with much appreciation and support, at the same time, some really important questions concerning the security and personal space for the users of this device were raised. We could back-up our answers with the research we did while creating the product and also found out, how can we take it to the next level while interacting with the class. 

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I was lucky enough to be placed in a team that was so supportive and cooperative. Ramon and Xavier guided us on each step and it was no surprise that the first Design Jam proved to be a success. I thoroughly enjoyed working with such a diverse group of people. It is absolutely wonderful to see people from different backgrounds bring their heads together to solve a common problem. Our first design jam was an interesting experience. It was everything I thought it would be.