Innovation in Ageing
A post on the Putting People First blog drew my attention to CAST - the Centre for Ageing Services Technologies (CAST). CAST is made up of 400 technology companies, ageing services organizations, research universities, and government representatives and is leading in the States on developing and deploying technologies that can improve the ageing experience.
We will be beginning investigations around ageing in the first part of 2006. It will be very much an exploratory period. We welcome any flags on current innovation and new service approaches in this area - do comment or email me if you have any tips.
And thanks to ex-RED intern Alex at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea for directions to the Putting People First post!
Health: Another Take
In November Robin Murray spoke at the Oxford Health Alliance annual conference in Yale. This is the film they made about us - featuring interviews with Robin and Jennie Winhall.
A small steering group to carry forward the Future Currents project met at the Energy Savings Trust(EST) on November 21st. It comprised representation from the Energy Savings Trust(EST), London Climate Change Agency (LCCA), and the London Energy Partnership. It was decided to keep the executive group small to facilitate action, but to establish three topic groups to steer the key issues forward:
1. the deep service pilot
2. policy in the context of the Energy Review
3. the home monitoring display concept
So to date:
The EST agreed to fund a short project to produce a business plan and a pilot prospectus by the end of January 2006. It is anticipated that the initial pilot would be in Lewisham, but there is potential in another Energy Action Area of London, or perhaps in North East of England.
Interest in the home monitoring display concept continues to grow. Moore Associates are working on further refinements of their device (as demonstrated during the project) and there has been some discussion with organisations already working on smart metering and similar devices.
In the short term (until March 2006) any specific queries or interest in this work should be directed to Matthew Lockwood at the LCCA, and thereafter via the London Energy Partnership. We will continue to post updates and please do feel free to use the comments section on these posts as a discussion forum.
HOT HOT HOT!
The Hot Products section of the Future Currents website is now complete! Thanks to Ideo, Concrete Blond, More Associates, Conran & Partners and Luckybite and Iogi for their concepts. Have a look.
The second icon Pecha Kucha night will take place at the ICA, London on Thursday 9 February. The format is 16 participants (architects, designers, artists and other creative types) showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each - their work, their concepts, their ideas. The Pecha Kucha format was invented by Klein Dytham Architects in Tokyo and this is the second of 2 pilot London nights. Tickets will go on sale on Monday 9 January through the ICA box office - phone 020 7930 3647 or email.
Innovation V Design
Also from Business Week Bruce Nussbaum continues the debate about the future of design.
Shoot the Focus Group
Yahoo does co-design, Huggies are mounting cameras on consumers glasses to watch how people really change nappies and Pepsi are using instant messenger to do their research. This article from Business Week sets out some innovative ways marketing is trying to get inside the consumers head. Thanks to Martin Bontoft for pointing it out.