Future Product Catalog

My catalog was CB2 x Fred Segel, which is a luxury furniture company.

Most of the “near future” innovations in the furniture and home goods category relate to the “Internet of Things.” For example, fridges that connect to your phone to alert you when you are running low on groceries, or lightbulbs that alert you when they need to be replaced. Other near future innovations include embedding technology in furniture, such as a wireless phone charger in a table top, or screens in a window pane.

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For my design I actually went the dystopian route. I hadn’t thought of this technology being used negatively before. For example, the internet of things would make it much easier to regulate or monitor people’s behavior. In this scenario, the government is regulating resource usage in the household by using these near future devices.

If I had more time, I would add some more details to clarify that this is actually a dystopian scenario. I don’t think it fully comes across in the design fiction, and I think it would be more thought provoking if it did.

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FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a catalog about different luxury homes around the world.

 

List of future domains

  1. Smart homes.
    • Security.
    • tracks health.
    • track movement.
  2. Service robots.
    • there when you need them.
    • there when you don’t.
  3. Controlled climate.
  4. drones.

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At first, I didn’t really think that my modified catalog had any issues. But as people got a chance to take a look at my catalog, some people thought that having service robots and drones, in and around your house might be a little freaky. And I can kinda see that, maybe people can hack your robots and make them do something that they shouldn’t. So I can see that as a potential danger. And I hadn’t really thought of that.

If I had more time, maybe I could have done a better job of telling people that the robots and drones are there when you need them and not there when you don’t. I do have that in my paragraph underneath the picture but sometimes people don’t really like reading. especially if the reading isn’t pretty. So maybe do a better job on that.

Also maybe adding more useful things that can relay the message that this is a smart house and there are cool features that the house has. Like the house actually, talks to you, like AI. Or you can control the house just by speaking to it. Little stuff like that I would like to add if I had more time.

Future Product Catalog – CU Presents

For this week’s assignment, I chose the CU Presents catalog, detailing many of the performances coming to Boulder this school year. It includes information on various dance recitals, quartets, operas, concerts, festivals, and plays.

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Future technology within the realm of production is heavily based on improving interactivity and incorporating more computer generated graphics. Many companies are now livestreaming their events on social media, allowing more people than ever before to see and comment on their performances. Another company dedicated nearly two years to map an actress completely, so that her movements could be controlled by another person during an actual performance; that is, a person would wear a body suit and control her movements organically, rather than controlling a computer-generated figure (i.e. Gollum from Lord of the Rings).

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In response, I took the idea of integrating CGI a step further and designed a production that would rely heavily on virtual reality glasses. The audience would be immersed in the world of the performance, such as Ancient Rome in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. As in the above example, actors would don body suits that would transform them into their respective characters in the audience’s view.

Often, theatre is seen as a separate, unchanging entity: always live, always making use of real people, never adapting to new technologies. However, conducting research into its future has made me question the validity of these claims: does it need to be live? Does it need to use real people, or can simulations work just as well? Why does it need to be static? How does one define theatre?

Truthfully, I love the theatre, its atmosphere, and the feeling of community shared between the performers and the audience members. I often think that contemporary films rely too much on special effects to sell their tickets, and spend little time on the narrative. I have fears that, with these new developments, theatre may take a similar path.

In spite of my pessimistic attitude, I am also very excited about its future, and how it will utilize the new technologies to create innovative experiences. It may not be theatre at all: it may be a next step in its process, or sit side by side with it as an entirely different entity.

Future Product Catalog

My catalog showcased various luxury home goods. The main focus of the catalog was to sell furniture and other furnishing items that could be used in a customer’s home.

  • Invisible technology:
    • Tables can charge mobile devices and laptops
    • TV that looks like a framed painting until it is turned on
  • Sustainability technology:
    • Lamps that tweet about energy consumption
    • Items made completely out of recycled items
  • Other technology:
    • Mirrors that can show the effect of different hazards on a user’s skin (sun damage, smoking, etc.)
    • Furniture that monitors the user (bed that analyzes sleep patterns and amount of pressure on certain pressure point and changes to give the correct support.

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Some of the issues that I considered when designing my future catalog that I didn’t consider before was the fact that furniture can have a huge impact on the way we live our lives. I questioned whether ‘smart’ furniture would benefit mankind or if it would condition us to become reliant on these technologies to function. If I had more time I would improve my design fiction by refining how I displayed the future technologies. I would change my catalog to implement more touch and feel opportunities. This allows the user to have more access to how these future technologies work. The desired outcome from this design fiction was to show users how these future technologies could be implemented in a customer’s home through the look and feel of the product. This would provoke more sales and a better understanding of the product being purchased.

The Future of Hiking

My catalog is not actually a catalog, it’s a map of the surrounding hikes around Boulder, and the reverse side has a list of the most popular beginner, intermediate, and advanced hikes in the area surrounding Boulder. When thinking about the future “Boulder Hiking Guide”, I started with different future gadgets that may help people perform various hiking tasks (navigation, checking in, actual hiking).

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My modified hiking guide has three technologies of note: an exoskeleton to help out of shape and elderly people get outside, QR scanning codes at the tops of trails that allow hikers to check in on Facebook as they complete the hike, and a holographic mapping application to help with navigation and orienteering.

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I took a fairly optimistic and Utopian view for this activity, in order to think of a more positive world where people would be getting outside a lot more and experiencing the beauty of the world around them. Some of the comments that I received helped to get me thinking deeper about this possible world.

Issues for the future that came up were mainly related to the safety and accessibility in this future hiking world. The QR codes on the rocks can not only act as a social connection, but also a way to let other people to know if you have made it to the top of the trail and that you are safe. As far as the exoskeleton goes, I initially thought of it as helping backpackers be able to carry heavier or bulkier gear on their adventures, but I received a comment talking about the application of it to allow those who are out of shape, elderly, or otherwise may not be able to go hiking, to participate in the outdoor activity.

If I had more time with this exercise, I would try to display this design fiction as moving more toward the “Internet of Things” mentality, like maybe the trail markers/ rocks along the trail would tweet your progress as you move along your route. I would also add a pair of augmented reality sunglasses, which would help guide you along the trail, alert you when there may be some wildlife nearby, or let you know when would be a good time to take a break. I would want this world to be one where everyone can safely and efficiently enjoy nature to the fullest.

Future Product Catalog

My catalog is called CB2 x Fred Segel, it’s a catalog full of modern home good items. I chose to focus on the various lamps they were advertising. When I typed in future of lamps it came up of with various new ways to design lamps and also a few articles on how the future of lighting is with using lasers. Lasers are more environmentally friendly because you could use one laser to light up an entire room instead of numerous light bulbs that can burn out easily.

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I chose to take a utopian, eco-friendly route in creating my future catalog. The rocking chair can produce power as you rock it, so I added an outlet to the side of the chair. Then I plugged my heating rug into the rocking chair, so if you are using the rocking chair you can heat the room while being green. You can also plug chargers in to the chair, it’s not just limited to the rug. I also included a little bit of the laser lights I did my research on to tie into the eco-friendly theme I was going with for my catalog. Some of the issues I saw for future of house products is that everything might become connected. This can definitely be good thing and make life easier. On the other hand, like in my design if you want to heat the room you need to use the rocking chair and if you don’t want to sit in a rocking chair to produce power then your room is going to be cold. If I had more time I would have gone way more in depth with this design. Everything in the room would be connected, making power for each other or every product would be very environmentally friendly. Maybe I could include a table that has a solar panel on top of it so it can charge up energy from the sun during the day and that power can be used to turn on the lights at night. One of the comments I received from the sticky notes was maybe I could also make the rug have a cooling feature, so you could still use it in the summer to cool the house.

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Future Product Catalog

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Technologies present:

  • Parking sensors
  • Personal Billboard on the side of the house
  • Spy drones
  • Spy cameras
  • Personal Cell Tower
  • Solar Panels powering the house

Designing for the future of housing technologies helped me realize just how much potential there was for improvements to security and energy efficiency. Living in the technology-ridden reality we do today, it can be hard to speculate where we could go from here – In other words, where have we yet to incorporate technology into our every day lives.

Given more time, I would have incorporated more means of clean and sustainable energy. In my image above, I incorporated solar panels on top of the house, meant to reduce energy costs and pollution from power plants. In addition, some form of water-filtration system and/or agricultural improvements would further decrease the carbon footprint of the residence.

 

Future Product Catalog

Inspired by the TBD catalog and the Ikea Catalog from the near future this exercise is going to focus on creating a design fiction that imagines and communicates the products of the near future. The goal of this exercise is to examine not only our ideas of the future and their implications but how we might “craft” those ideas for others to build upon.

Before Oct 4:
Please select a catalog to modify. I will bring a selection into class for you to choose from if you don’t have anything at home. The ideal catalog features a list of products and services. Most of what you would find in “junk mail” would suffice. Once you have a selected catalog, do at least 30 minutes of research on new technologies related to the kinds of goods and/or services offered in your catalog. For instance, if you have a clothing catalog, search the web for new innovations in fashion and clothing. Some places you might look for these innovations are Gizmodo, Wired Magazine, Science, but searching Google “new technology in [your topic]” or “new innovations in [your topic]” could also be helpful. Bring you catalog and a list of the kind of technologies you find that might shape the “near future” of your catalog and bring it to class on Wednesday, Oct 4.

In Class on Oct 4:
We’re going to iterate on potential products for the future and evaluate their potential as design fictions. First, you’re going to come up with three “future world” scenarios for your catalog, examining what kinds of technologies exist, who sell them, how might they use them, etc. With your partner, you’re going to select the “future world” that is the most compelling to work with further. Then you are going to modify a page of your catalog to represent products from that future world, changing the images and language as necessary to communicate your point. Then we will conduct a group critique in which each person leaves their modified catalog open on the table and students tour the room adding post-its to the design indicating what they find compelling about particular designs. We’ll share and reflect as a group.

Turn in by Friday, Oct 6

  • an image or description of your catalog
  • your list of what the “near future” innovations in the domain of your catalog
  • an image of your modified catalog
  • a paragraph reflecting of your modified catalog:
    • what issues for the future did this exercise help you think about that you hadn’t thought about previously? If none, reflect on why you think it didn’t bring those issues up.
    • if you had more time, what would you do to improve your design fiction and what outcome would you desire from those improvements?