In the Internet of Things (IoT), not only people will interact with objects, but also Things with other Things, creating more complex material landscapes. However, IoT interactions so far are mostly mobile phones just used as remote controls (e.g., open windows, starting laundry cycles, etc.).
With Affective Things, we want to explore more complex interrelationships between Things. We investigate how objects affect others in their temporal and spatial proximity, and how interactions could be carried and moved through the house by Things.
On the other hand, we want to explore to which extent will Things be able to understand our behaviour from their limited perspective. With a series of everyday objects that collaboratively try to understand what is going on around them, we show some fictions and frictions of Things to Things.
The project is a collaboration between Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi and The Incredible Machine, made possible through a Design United demonstrator grant.