Tiles IoT Toolbox

MAKE EVERYDAY THINGS INTERACTIVE

Product development for the Internet of Things (IoT) is often pushed by advances in technology rather than human needs.

The Tiles project develops methods and tools to design an build IoT products centered on human drives and desires.

Tiles Design Tools support brainstorming how to use IoT tech to design everyday things that are more useful, playful or engaging than their ordinary selves. Tiles Technology Tools enables idea exploration with rapid prototyping, providing sensors stickers and software tools to augment everyday objects with computer interactivity.

Our toolbox involves non-experts such as corporate employees, makers, artists and kids with design and making activities to create their own IoT solutions.

Tiles is a research project at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Get in contact.

Tools
The different tools provided

IoT CARDS

DESIGN
Ideation game for IoT user experiences
WEBSITEPAPERSDESIGN FILES

IoT SQUARES

ELECTRONICS
Stickers with electronics that give superpowers to everyday things
PAPERSFIRMWARE & SCHEMATICS

RAPIoT

SOFTWARE FRAMEWORK
Simple programming for ecologies of IoT devices and services
PAPERSSOURCE CODE
Procedure
How the tools are used
  1. Play with Tiles Cards to explore what the Internet of Things can do for you or your organization. Combine everyday objects, internet services and user interface elements. Be creative, reflect and improve on your ideas.
  2. Build a prototype to show your idea to the world. First  acquire or 3D-print the things your idea needs everyday objects. Attach Square stickers to objects and spaces
  3. Code the behavior of the objects with RapIoT: how the objects comunicate with people and integrated with broader IoT data and services

Pubblications

TILES PROSPECTIVE PAPER
  • Simone Mora, Monica Divitini and Francesco Gianni. TILES: An Inventor Toolkit for Interactive Objects. In proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI), 2016. PDF PREPRINT
TILES CARDS
  • Simone Mora, Francesco Gianni and Monica Divitini. Tiles: A Card-based Ideation Toolkit for the Internet of Things. To appear at the 2017 Designing Interactive System (DIS) conference.
  • Simone Mora, Jonas Asheim, Anders Kjøllesdal, and Monica Divitini. Tiles Cards: a Card-based Design Game for Smart Objects Ecosystems. Workshop on Smart Ecosystems cReation by Visual dEsign. CEUR Proceedings, vol. 1602. PDF
TILES RAPIOT
  • Simone Mora, Francesco Gianni and Monica Divitini. RapIoT Toolkit: Rapid Prototyping of Collaborative Internet of Things Applications. In proceedings of the International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS), 2016. PDF PREPRINT