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.
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.