Designing for the End of Life of IoT Objects

Susan Lechelt, Katerina Gorkovenko, Chris Speed, Luis Soares, Michael Stead, James K. Thorp

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and ubiquitous computing are leading to an increase in objects with a short lifespan - ei- ther through breakage, “bricking” by the manufacturer, or discontinued use by the owner. This leads to a surplus of material and e-waste that cannot or is not readily recycled, upcycled or otherwise reused, aggravating material scarcity. In part, this is due to the use of unrecyclable materials and custom-built hardware. However, it is also due to the limited value people place on these objects (e.g., sentimental and environmental). This one-day workshop will explore how the configuration of values designed into IoT objects influences the end-user practices of disposal, recycling and upcycling. Through this lens, we will collectively consider potential de- sign strategies that can be instilled during the process of design, to support the continuity of the material life of IoT objects after their “death”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS' 20 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7987-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
EventACM Designing Interactive Systems 2020 - Eindhoven/Online, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


ConferenceACM Designing Interactive Systems 2020
Abbreviated titleDIS
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