The presence of sensors everywhere, in every objects and the connectivity fabric bringing all them together will be changing our perception of the world. It won’t happen in a single shop but one step at a time, some so small that we might not notice what is happening.
This is why I decided to report on the announcement made by Sifteo, a start up originated from work at the Media Lab where I saw the first prototypes of Siftable.
They have announced the possibility to pre-order a set of siftable, tiny cubes that embeds sensors and a PC having a screen on one of their faces.
They propose a set of three for 149$ (any extra cube comes at a 45$ tag), that’s not cheap but if you think that you get three PCs, three screens and plenty of sensors… well it is a bargain! By moving the cubes, placing them in specific positions, juxtaposing one another you have them behave in different ways. This is the consequence of each sensing its environment and reacting to it.
Another interesting aspect is that the siftables are open to third party programming so that you can both program them yourself or get applications from the ecosystem they create.
I see this as an example of a change that will characterize this decade: more and more objects will be able to sense what’s going on around them and will adjust their behavior accordingly. And, of course, they will be progressively able to sense our presence, and communicate with our electronic agent so that they can morph into our living space.