Our environment is increasingly ‘smartified’ whether by devices such as smart-phones, but increasingly so by small, practically invisible, contraptions like rfid chips. These devices changed our public space into an intelligent, networked atmosphere where mobile smart devices communicate with each other continuously. This phenomenon of invisible, autonomous, networked devices is called ubiquitous computing.
So what is smart? From a technological point of view these new smart devices are all information systems that control the flow of information according to a certain way. According to systems theory or cybernetics this flow is controlled using four basic principles: circularity, variety, process and observation. In short this implies: where an action by the system causes a change in its environment and that change is fed back to the system via information (feedback) that causes the system to adapt to these new conditions, trying to maintain equilibrium or reach a certain goal. Complex multidimensional networked systems such as artificial intelligence and robotics use these principles to achieve, in what seems, intelligence.
What people tend to forget is that these smart objects has been ‘ubiquitous’ fall along. With Smart Objects I present everyday objects that, with a little intervention, observe themselves and trough simple physical laws and mechanics try to maintain equilibrium.
Glossary of images
1). Tape measure measuring itself
2). Kitchen scales, weighing itself
3). Metal tape measure, measuring it’s outline
4). Multi-meter, measuring it’s own voltage