A whole day in Casa Jasmina to discuss people’s expectations on IoT, home automation and the employ of chatbots. This is Una domenica a Casa Jasmina, the user research workshop run by UXPills with Ilaria Scarpellini and Mattia Della Libera.
On Sunday, February 5th, we hosted a group of twelve potential users and asked them to imagine how a chatbot would run the automated house of the future.
But first, we had to identify the needs it should address.
Security, well-being, savings and entertainment were the four main themes we found, and each got assigned to a different workgroup. The groups were asked to imagine a chatbot taking care of these issues in the house.
Throughout the confrontation, four distinct chatbot personalities emerged.
There is the Mom chatbot, taking care of the house chores but, most of all, constantly worrying for the user’s health and providing affectionate advice.
The Butler chatbot has a similar function, making sure that everything in the house runs smoothly, but it knows its place and acts in a much more detached manner towards the user.
Then we have the Handyman chatbot (or the McGyver chatbot, if you will). What it does is solve problems, fix things and provide smart solutions.
Finally, the Friend chatbot is… well, your friend: it’s all about interacting and having fun with the user while performing its duties, which often include setting the right music for a party or selecting the movies to watch according to the user’s mood.
UXPills provided a BOT kit that was used by the groups to imagine scenarios for each bot, enacting how the interaction process would take place.
The results were interesting, sometimes hilarious, and certainly provided a lot of ideas. The UX designers of the future have a lot to think about!
On Saturday, February 4th 2017 Casa Jasmina hosted DSI4EU Internet of Things and Social Impact workshop, with Zoe Romano (WeMake) and Serena Cangiano (SUPSI Lugano).
Born in 2013, DSI4EU is a research project on digital and social innovation dedicated to investigating the employment of digital technology in social innovation projects and organizations, trying to create a network between these realities and, ultimately, to build a European community of social innovators.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss how Internet of Things, open source and maker projects can make a stronger impact on society. To do it we gathered people who are working on projects that use IoT technologies to address social issues, like open source hardware, health, environment, the creation of new business models.
We discussed how values like collectivity, open technology, communication and economic sustainabilty are at the core of the maker community. But how can these entities become digital innovators? Which are the strategies to employ in order to scale and make a better impact?
The workgroups were introduced to a DSI Kit, an open source tool to help them create a Digital Social Innovation Scale to develop their projects in this direction and go from makers to changemakers.
Here is Serena Cangiano’s thoughts on the experience:
“The workshop was a participative experiment through which we managed to define how social innovation projects that use IoT technologies can scale and make a stronger impact. It wasn’t a formation experience based on infallible methods. Rather, we learned through confrontation which are the strategies and actions one can dispose of to put maker projects in a social prospective”.
You can find the DSI scales produced during the workshop HERE.
Casa Jasmina is happy to announce that our Airbnb is officially open! Starting today, you will be able to rent the apartment and be our guest in the home of the future.
Since its inauguration in 2014, Casa Jasmina has been an open source project: we opened our doors to innovation and creativity, to a new concept of “home”, to so many talented and clever people (now friends) who filled the rooms with their amazing creations.
Now we’re ready to open our doors and welcome anyone who wants to experience Casa Jasmina. Our guests will be part of the ongoing and ever-growing project that is Casa Jasmina with their feedback, suggestions and ideas.
You will find that the home of the future is indeed very “homey”. You will not be facing a sci-fi scenario with hyper technological robots and sterile machines. We want Casa Jasmina to be a place where people can really see themselves living in a near future, with smart, easy-to-use and concrete objects, devices and solutions.
You will chill in a livingroom filled with parametric furniture and play with the lovely Pipedo. Like our Noctambula lamp? You can later download it and make it for yourself. You can enjoy a good breakfast in the kitchen or, when it’s sunny, on the terrace. And really breath in the atmosphere of via Egeo, a hot spot for creative people in Turin, with Fablab and Toolbox Coworking.
On the opening night (November 26th, 2016) we are glad to be hosting a very special guest: the first to spend the night at Casa Jasmina will be independent architecture and design journalist Annalisa Rosso. In November 2016 she was the curator of the 7th edition of Operae – Independent Design Festival in Turin (you can see her profile here) – which is why we are a perfect match!
There’s more! We have some exciting news for the many people, near and far, who have been watching the Casa Jasmina project grow over the last two years (and for those who have just found out about it, too).
Soon we will open our new Instagram channel with a special initiative to give you the opportunity to be our guest at Casa Jasmina.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for updates.
And for creatives, designers and makers, we’ll be launching a new Call for Ideas soon. Stay tuned on social media and on our website for updates!
Can’t wait to rent Casa Jasmina? Find it on Airbnb HERE.