ENCHANTED OBJECTS
DESIGN, HUMAN DESIRE & THE INTERNET OF THINGS
August 8, 2014

Seattle Podcaster and radio host Arik Korman chats with David about the proliferation of enchanted objects.

“The things that we think of as phone apps will start leaking out into furniture, into chairs, into wearables. You’re already seeing this with a lot of internet of things objects like wristbands, buttons, pins, and other things that tend to track information and then deliver it back to people.”

August 5, 2014

I was up extra early this morning to join the crew at Fox and Friends and demo the Ambient Devices Umbrella, SunSprite light sensor, RestDevices Mimo onesie, Narrative life-logging clip, Jawbone bracelet, and Vitality GlowCap. Four minutes was too short for a discussion, but it was exciting to put the national spotlight on some of these extraordinary objects.

August 1, 2014

I was delighted to sit down with Greater Boston in their studio last night to demonstrate some of the extraordinary objects from the book.

July 26, 2014

MIT-SPECTRUM
 
 
 
 
Excited to see the book and the recent New York Times article featured in the MIT Spectrum.

“Technology doesn’t just create new things, like smartphones, Rose argues—it imbues old ones with the ability to ease or enrich small aspects of everyday life.”

Read it here.

July 17, 2014

Exciting feature today in The New York Times Home & Garden section. Read it here.

July 9, 2014
I’m delighted to announce the publication of Enchanted Objects: design, human desire, and the internet of things.
Cover design
The book hits shelves on Tuesday, July 15, and I will be making the rounds across the U.S. over the next few weeks, speaking at a variety of events. I would love to see you at one of them:

  • July 15 @ Bolt with other IoT makers in Boston, MA 
  • July 17 @ Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA
  • July 22 @ Keplers Books and Magazines in Menlo Park, CA
  • July 24 @ University Book Store in Seattle, WA
  • July 31 @ Google in Boston, MA

There are some additional event details on the Enchanted Objects Facebook page.

In the meantime, you can whet your IoT appetite with this advanced copy of the Enchanted Objects prologue.

July 8, 2014

MagicianLast week, I co-taught an Enchanted Objects workshop with a magician from London. The venue was the Copenhagen Interaction Design Institute with 25 masters-level students from 16 countries.

My co-teacher was Adrian Westaway, an official member of the Magic Circle, a secret society of magicians founded in 1905. Yes, they were aware of the workshop. Adrian trained at the Royal College of Art and now runs a physical-computing consultancy with brilliant projects like this Lego calendar. read more …

May 13, 2014

One of the biggest challenges of writing Enchanted Objects was organizing the ever-growing list of enchanted objects. Since I argue that we find these objects enticing due to our innate  psychological needs, it seemed most logical way to organize them by universal human drives. These drives have animated my own research–they are the fundamental human behaviors that make us tick, and they deserve the primary focus of product designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs.

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A PERIODIC TABLE OF
ENCHANTED OBJECTS
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  • Omniscience. The desire to be all-knowing.
  • Telepathy. The desire for human connection.
  • Safekeeping. The desire to be protected.
  • Immortality. The desire to be healthy, strong, fully capable, and vital.
  • Teleportation. The desire to live unconstrained by physical limits.
  • Expression. The desire to create, make, and play in every form and media. read more …

March 14, 2014

The era of the McMansions is drawing to a close and people are flocking to urban centers, seeking the economy, convenience, and green living that only a city can offer. But many of us still want the ease and luxury of all that space we’re leaving in the suburbs. Enter: CityHome, a new microapartment invented by a team at the MIT Media Lab that offers transformer technology and home-scale enchantment. CityHome is an incredibly efficient and inexpensive fifteen-by-fifteen-foot space that automatically transforms to accommodate everything you might need to do in your personal space: study, exercise, lounge, entertain, eat, and sleep. All without compromise.

CityHome Animation 720 from David Rose on Vimeo.

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