Week 5 Reading Response & Examples


Part I:

Reading this chapter by Chipchase had me reevaluating my own carrying behaviour as I read along. 

It was interesting for me when he introduced the term, range of distribution, and explained how cultural context would play a part in the difference in behaviour. I’ve experienced this myself, where in Singapore, it is deemed relatively safe to leave our belongings unattended for a short amount of time, and though this was something that I was used to, I had troubles adapting back to this behaviour after I came back from a short 6 months exchange trip overseas. It occurred to me how vulnerable my belongings were and how I took this safety for granted back here in Singapore. 

Despite the convenience that digitalisation brings, Chipchase mentioned that people are risk-averse, and carry more than the bare minimum. As I looked through my wallet, it resonated with me that redundancy is indeed the most common form of compensation that I engage in. Credit cards and cash aside, I realised the redundancy that I carry in forms of membership cards as well. For instance, I still carry a physical Starbucks card or Soup Spoon card around with me in my wallet although I barely ever use it; I have the mobile app that I use for all my visits, but yet these cards still physically exists in my wallet because I worry of the scenario that my phone may run of battery when I am purchasing my drink/ meal.

Today we rely on these technology and network more than ever, but it scares me in certain ways. 

“The easiest way to never forget anything is to never have anything to remember.” 

Q1) As we have technologies that predicts our behaviour, how can we balance it’s advantages as oppose to the potential of over-reliance that could occur?

Q2) With the convenience that digitalisation brings (i.e. moving storage to cloud etc), do you think of it as more of a advantage or a possible threat?

Part II:

Based on the lecture on Place, Location and Ubiquitous technology, post an example of a product, service or design concept and post it on OSS.

Facebook 360 Photos 


Facebook has made it easy for us to share a 360 degree photo by just uploading a panorama shot from the iPhone. The function of a 360degree photo allows viewers to experience the surrounding without having to be at the place at that moment.

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