Uses and applications of connected objects

Exhibition Cité du Design "Are you talking to me?" - 14/09/2017 to 07/01/2018

Are you talking to me?

Uses and applications of connected objects

  • Exhibition coproduced by the Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne, UNESCO City of Design and the Center of arts of Enghien-les-Bains, UNESCO City of Media Arts.
  • Participation of Design Cites of UNESCO Creative Cities network : Beiijng and Shenzen(China), Detroit (USA), Dundee (UK), Graz (Austria), Helsinki (Finland), Kobe and Nagoya (Japan), Montreal (Canada), Seoul (South Korea)

14 September 2017 - 7 January 2018

Cité du Design Saint-Etienne (France)

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For just a decade, the words "communicating objects", "internet of objects", "smart things" or "smart cities" invade technophile lexicons and collective imaginaries. Thus, the objects in talking among themselves will be able to accompany as closely as possible our choices of life, our needs, our organizations. The wealth of possibilities contained in the technology they embark, is explored by designers and start-ups as scenarios of the future living environment. But what fascinates, as a user, is the relation of objects by our own will, their capacity to organize themselves independently. It would prefigure the complete automation of our environment, linked to the other objects by a set of digital synapses. By linking our environment, the Internet of objects transforms our living spaces into a sort of hybrid global brain that includes intelligent machines, continuous media (web), permanent interconnections (wifi) and in the midst of all this gossiping intensity the presence human.