Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things.pdf

Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things.pdf


"David Rose has written a spectacular book. While glass slabs have already entered every nook and cranny of our lives, Rose paints a much more compelling future where we are deeply engaged with enchanted objects. Rose’s vision of human computer interaction is more exciting and persuasive than the current norm and this brilliant book gives us a road map for how to get there. While I’ll continue to invest in many things that improve our glass slab world, I believe that the future is enchanted objects." (Brad Feld, managing director at the Foundry Group)

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur and instructor at the MIT Media Lab, specializing in how digital information interfaces with the physical environment. A former CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging, he founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered technology to embed Internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors and umbrellas. Rose’s work has been featured at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and in The New York Times, and parodied on the Colbert Report. A frequent speaker at conferences and for corporations, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

From entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab scientist, David Rose, a sweeping, optimistic vision for a future where everyday objects have been transformed into connected devices that channel our deepest human desires and improve our homes, offices, and public spaces.

David Rose believes we are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already care about and know how to use—our cars, cubicles, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans—objects that will respond to our needs, come to know us, and even learn to think ahead on our behalf. Rose calls these devices—which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace—Enchanted Objects.

Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, tablets and other devices, with screens embedded in every conceivable surface. Rose calls this the Terminal World—and it won’t last forever. Instead, future technology will inevitably spread out, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology, says Rose, can be woven into the background of our environment—enhancing human relationships, channeling desires for powers like omniscience, immortality, and creative expression, and ushering the enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction into real life.

Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, David Rose has written a powerful manifesto about the way we live with technology—and a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. Enchanted Objects is essential reading for designers, professional and armchair technologists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders looking to stay relevant in the Internet of Things.


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