Towards the Information Visualization of Connected Objects

Botta, Massimo and Profeta, Giovanni (2018) Towards the Information Visualization of Connected Objects. UNSPECIFIED. In: Guerrini, Luca and Volonté, Paolo, (eds.) Dialogues on Design. Notes on Doctoral Research in Design 2018. Franco Angeli, pp. 127-135.

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Abstract

In the context of the Internet of things, the paper analyzes capabilities that connected objects are acquiring and the new emerging relationships with the environment and the human being, in order to provide a useful theoretical framework for their visualization. Nowadays every day objects are no longer disconnected elements from the digital world, but they can interoperate with each other by exchanging information through the network, showing capabilities that make objects able to sense themselves, perceive surrounding conditions and even predict their future conditions. The new capabilities change the relationships between the object, the human being and the surrounding environment. These relationships are based on behaviors ranging from simple control actions to the articulation of multiple automatic actions that fulfill a specific user purpose. By examining the way in which the hierarchy of knowledge – also known as DIKW hierarchy – evolves, we try to outline design implications for information visualization generated by new capabilities of connected objects.

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