2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Designing Smart Objects for Emotional People

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Wearable technology, smart meters, and networked devices have generated an environment of abundant digital chatter. It’s now socially acceptable to compete with your FuelBand, send a text to your thermostat, and argue with Siri. Our eagerness to communicate with objects as we would a friend points to a new criterion for designing intelligent products. We want our technology to be smart, but also deeply personal. This presentation will outline the opportunities and risks associated with designing smart objects for emotional people. Through stories of emerging products and experimental research endeavors, it will highlight the fine line designers must walk between enhancing the emotional intelligence of individuals, and replacing it.



Jennifer Dunnam

Sr Interaction Designer


Jennifer Dunnam is a Senior Interaction Designer at frog where she works with an interdisciplinary team to research and develop innovative products, services, and experiences for today’s leading organizations, and emerging start-ups.

Prior to frog, Jennifer was a project leader at MIT’s Senseable City Lab where she designed and implemented radical visions for the future of cities based on digitally connected infrastructures.

Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from MIT. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, MoMA, and Singapore Art Museum. Her writings on design and technology have been published by Fast Company, The Architectural League of New York, and MIT Press.

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