Tom Igoe

Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU

From the Classroom: Networked Objects at ITP
16 minutes, 7.7mb, recorded 2005-03-16
Tom Igoe

At NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, graduate students are introduced to design of the physical device in conjunction with application interface design. Networked Objects is a course that asks students to consider network applications not as connections between pieces of software, but as connections between physical objects that generate and react to network messages.

The results over the past three years have been informative and surprising. Students have explored a range of ideas, some practical applications, and some creative meditations on the possibilities of translating physical action over networks.

This talk describes the methods and tools used in the class, presents a number of projects that have come out of it, and addresses the class' impact on other areas of research at ITP.

Tom Igoe is a teacher and researcher in physical computing at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and an independent consultant on physical interaction design for exhibits, architecture, and performance.


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Tom Igoe is a teacher and researcher in physical computing at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and an independent consultant on physical interaction design for exhibits, architecture, and performance. His website has further information about his work.

This presentation is one of a series from the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference held in San Diego, California, March 14-17, 2005.

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This free podcast is from our Emerging Technology Conference series.