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Immaterials: Light Painting Wi-fi explored the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal ...
• A brief history
• Understanding Physical Web and Web Bluetooth.
• Three key use cases.
• Design considerations

Coffee B...
In this workshop, we will discuss the Physical Web and Web
Bluetooth: two unrelated but highly complimentary technologies
...
Image source: Wired
The number of smart devices is going
to explode, and the assumption that
each new device will require ...
1. A brief history
5
The Physical Web isn’t our first attempt to place digital markers
within the physical world. Most older approaches in fact ...
QR codes (Japan, 1994)
Invented for use in retail but rapidly
adopted across industries.
Advantages
• Cheap to implement a...
QR codes (Japan, 1994)
• Invented for use in retail but rapidly
adopted across industries.
• Advantages
• Cheap. Easy to i...
Proximity marketing 1.0 (2004)
• A small server broadcasts short
messages, images, mp3s etc. into
a space using Bluetooth....
Apple iBeacon (2013)
• Small battery powered Beacons
broadcast messages to iOS + Android
apps using Bluetooth Low Energy (...
iBeacon On iOS, a user’s app will automatically
receive a broadcast each time it passes by a
beacon—even if the app is in ...
The goal of the Physical Web isn’t to replace these technologies,
but to address some of their challenges by leveraging th...
2. How does the Physical Web work?
15
The Physical Web (PW) is an open-source* project. Google
initiated the technology, and has the most widespread
implementat...
1. The beacon
(a thing that
broadcasts a URL)
The Physical Web is pretty simple—it has three parts
2. The scanner/browser
...
What is a beacon?
BLE radio transmitter
(intermittently on, sips power
compared to regular BT)
low-cost, long-life
(~2yrs)...
A beacon’s (only) job is to repeatedly* transmit
a signal that other devices can see.
The message itself is transmitted us...
Unidirectional broadcast
The Bluetooth ‘advertising’ function
is by-design unidirectional.
• A single beacon can advertise...
to broadcast URLs could also be
attached or embedded into all sorts of
smart (and otherwise dumb) things around us
https:/...
2. The scanner/browser
As the beacons broadcast URLs, the most common scanners are
(and will probably remain?) web browser...
Unlike iBeacon, there is
however no background
scanning. All scanning for
URLs must be user-initiated.
As the Physical Web...
How do you ‘scan’ (in Chrome)
A user opens their Android Notification
screen or Today Widget on iOS.
If there are beacons n...
And then…?
https://webPage.io
That’s (technically) it. The beacon’s job is done. All subsequent
interactions between the u...
The proxy sits in between the beacon and the user. A proxy is
optional but serves two important purposes: improve
performa...
What it does
https://shortURL.io
2
1
(based on Google’s PWS…each proxy is a bit different)
parses the
document to
extract
...
What it does
https://shortURL.io
BEACONS BOOKMARKTOP SITES
Search or enter address
Haro Sushi and Izakaya
haro-sushi.com
H...
Security + privacy

Masks the user’s device information from a web site until the
user has chosen to interact with it.
Ens...
Miscellaneous FAQ
HTTPS only (on Chrome*)
All communications between your browser and the website are
encrypted.
All interactions are ‘on th...
No. There are many ways to broadcast a URL. Today, the Physical
Web uses BLE because of its ubiquity on mobile devices tod...
An outstanding issue with wi-fi based protocols is that the devices
that are most likely to broadcast this way (e.g. TVs, p...
Eddystone is a new open source protocol specification from Google
that defines a BLE message format for proximity interactio...
Thought experiment:

Does the scanner have to be a browser?
No. The browser is merely an app that incorporates the
Physical Web specification. This specification is open source,
so com...
“…the watches glow and vibrate
when you walk somewhere in the real world
that corresponds with somewhere in
Pokémon Go's v...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25958224@N02/8122856863
…an antenna implanted in
his skull allows him to
‘hear’ the racks up...
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A
Dream" painted by Neil Harbisson.
which means Neil can listen to paintings…
TED: I list...
3. Three key use cases
40
Use case 1: Pure discovery (“A much smarter QR code”)
Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things
Use case 3: Dire...
tadaslab on Instagram
“Call a taxi” button attached to a tree #iot
“…the significance of
technologies such as RFID and
2D b...
Seriously? Is that it?
That’s only marginally
more useful than typing
a URL yourself, or just
googling it…
https://www.fli...
…unless you’re waaaaay at the back
top range for beacons is currently ~100m (300ft) and while a wider
smart
poster
range w...
Tube, DLR, London Overground
Part closureLondon Overgroud
Part closureNorthern
Service closedWaterloo & City
Good service
...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marketingfacts/6323249188/
...in Korea, grocery stores are embedded
on Subway platforms where...
Snapchat Geofilters are small content bundles
that become available once a user reaches a
given (geofenced) place.
instead ...
…or attach URLs to a “thing”
whose identity is more important
https://www.flickr.com/photos/morebyless/14246207164
Hi, i’m...
Miscellaneous FAQ
By design, the Physical Web does not push messages (and it
will hopefully remain this way).
You can however expand on its ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfj/288526372
Yikes, as you can see,
we’re *really* busy!
There’s about a 20 minute
wait, bu...
1. Once a user has joined the queue, ask her to opt-in* to Web Push
Notifications. 



These will be managed by a Service W...
Use case 1: Pure discovery (“A much smarter QR code”)
Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things
Use case 3: Dire...
Most “smart” things we use these days are
not that smart. While they can often be
controlled using an app, very rarely doe...
Instead, the app often
communicates with
the cloud, or a local
hub (or ‘bridge’)
which then relays the
command to the
devi...
1
Issue a command:
”Lamp on!”
For example…
1
cloud
service API
The bridge in your
home receives the
command via wi-fi.
2
For example…
Issue a command:
”Lamp on!”
1
cloud
service API
The bridge in your
home receives the
command via wi-fi.
2
3
It transmits the
command (P2P) to
nearby bu...
1
cloud
service API
The bridge in your
home receives the
command via wi-fi.
2
3
It transmits the
command (P2P) to
nearby bu...
1
cloud
service API
The bridge in your
home receives the
command via wi-fi.
2
3
It transmits the
command (P2P) to
nearby bu...
…by extending this pattern to
the web we can create all
sorts of rich and yet casual
interactions while completely
bypassi...
And once you reconsider how “smart” a device
needs to be to create a useful (and convincing)
experience—you may also want ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/neo_ii/7483010074
Now playing
LOGIN with SPOTIFY
VOTE FOR THE NEXT SONG
I Didn’t see it
comi...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlottemorrall/3778508426
PS - Android users
can even download
the native app directly
fro...
Use case 1: “A much smarter QR code”
Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things
Use case 3: Directly control an o...
Web Bluetooth is an open web standard that enables users
—in a secure and privacy-preserving way—to discover
smart devices...
Support levels
The technology is completely separate from the Physical Web but
highly complimentary. It is nearing launch ...
Built-in security features
HTTPS Only
All communications between your
browser and the website (and in this
case, the objec...
Visit the thing’s URL

e.g. shown on the thing’s
package, accessible via QR
code, Physical Web beacon Tap to connect. You ...
…one more thing
One neat thing about BLE—is that you can also use it to create
new (personalized) web UIs for known devices*.
*whose servi...
• A standardised way for BLE devices to advertise their
services to the outside world.
• Each device has services (e.g. ba...
Each of these examples, taken by itself, is modestly useful.
Taken as a whole, however, they imply a vast "long tail"
wher...
4. Design considerations
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It used to be fairly straightforward for users to understand what a
thing was, what it could do, and how to make it do tho...
With IoT (and connected things in general) this becomes far
more challenging.
Photo of Sniff by Timo Arnall on Flickr, use...
The conceptual model is the
understanding and expectations
you want the user to have of the
system.
What components does i...
1
cloud
service API
2
3
4
The system might in reality do this…
Issue a command:
”Lamp on!”
The bridge in your
home receive...
But (if you’re lucky) the user sees (something like) this…
It’s OK for a user’s conceptual model
to be incorrect, so long as this
doesn’t prevent them from easily
and safely operati...
The whole point of using the web to
interact with things and spaced is it
to enable random, often one-time
interactions th...
The guidelines in this section tend to work best the more of them
you implement. The ultimate goal is to enable users to q...
i. Tune the brain’s broadcast range

Tune the range to aid discoverability and clarify the
relationship between the object...
*The advertising range can drop significantly if adjacent to walls which are made of metal or brick.
BLE has a typical unob...
Unnecessarily wide or
greatly overlapping ranges
can result in premature
discovery, introduce
ambiguity and increase
cogni...
Tuning the range to minimise or avoid overlap
can reduce friction, minimise errors, and
increase trust in the overall serv...
This is particularly important if
the service has a cost 

(…which in the case of a
vending machine might prove a
minor in...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crondeau/14314596362/
url/specialExhibitDouglasCoupland
url/thisDonutThingHereThatDougWantsH...
ii. Provide clear (and ideally) real-time feedback

Strong feedback improves learnability, promotes trust
and helps users ...
iii. Use consistent signposting

Content in the physical environment should—where
possible—match that used on the web inte...
Space
#2304
Meter
#2304
Meter #2304
Main St, 10 m from Fir St.
$2.50FOR 1 HOUR
PARK HERE
ends at 13:47pm
SPOT is brilliantly simple
way to improve usability
and increase trust.
“Tap a colored button and
look for the Uber with t...
iv. Provide just enough content

Consider how much content you really need.
there’s nothing wrong with simply mirroring
a beacon architecture to its physical
https://www.flickr.com/photos/morebyless...
Does my interaction with this
flower pot require much more
than a disembodied record-
set?
[yes]
[no]
[maybe]
https://www....
Does my interaction with
this flower pot require
much more than a
disembodied record-set?
[yes]
[no]
[maybe]
Source: Estim...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crondeau/14314596362/
Douglas Coupland, “The Brick Wall”, 2005/2014 assemblage with pieces f...
…it’s not clear we’ll even
need to open an app* at all
*native or otherwise—remember, notifications (with actions)
now exis...
v. Anticipate novel uses

Anticipate URL re-use in novel contexts and, where needed
provide clear guidance to avoid unexpe...
A few thoughts…
• Remember the old debate about all the things “mobile users
won’t want to do”? (Hint: that list is super ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfj/288526372
Yikes, as you can see,
we’re *really* busy!
There’s about a 20 minute
wait, bu...
Is the physical
touchpoint merely an
entry point to future
(virtual) interaction?
When officials in Melbourne
assigned email addresses to
trees (to enable people to
report dangerous branches)…
some people ...
3. Group exercise
11:00-11:50
• Group brainstorming, discussion and design.
11:50-12:30
• Group presentations
• Limited to ~5 minutes each s...
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Today’s 'smart devices' are a product of the technology and mental models of our past. From a connected lightbulb to a robot vacuum, using most of these devices requires a native app. This in turn greatly limits their contexts of use. Can we really expect users to download an app to interact with a random ’thing’ they encounter at the mall, a space they explore for an hour at the museum, or a city they will only visit for a day? What devices could we build, what 'smart' environments could we enable if users could simply discover, “walk up and use”(and then if needed, abandon) these objects and environments as they do a web site?

This workshop will discuss two new technologies--Physical Web and Web Bluetooth--that can enable on-demand interaction with physical things and spaces using no more than a browser.

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  1. 1. Immaterials: Light Painting Wi-fi explored the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. physical web exploring the a workshop for UX Lisbon 2016
  2. 2. • A brief history • Understanding Physical Web and Web Bluetooth. • Three key use cases. • Design considerations
 Coffee Break :-)
 • Group exercise (~35 minutes) • Group discussion (~45 minutes) Workshop agenda
  3. 3. In this workshop, we will discuss the Physical Web and Web Bluetooth: two unrelated but highly complimentary technologies that enable us to create signposts and pathways between the web and physical world.
  4. 4. Image source: Wired The number of smart devices is going to explode, and the assumption that each new device will require its own application just isn't realistic. We need a system that lets anyone interact with any device at any time… [this] isn’t about replacing native apps, it’s about enabling interaction when native apps just aren't practical. — Scott Jenson, Physical Web Lead, Google “
  5. 5. 1. A brief history 5
  6. 6. The Physical Web isn’t our first attempt to place digital markers within the physical world. Most older approaches in fact are still in use as they serve slightly different use cases.
  7. 7. QR codes (Japan, 1994) Invented for use in retail but rapidly adopted across industries. Advantages • Cheap to implement and distribute. • Can hold up to 1000 bytes of data. • Easily discoverable. Disadvantages • Hard to scan from a distance. • Many people think they’re ugly. • Most people (outside Asia) don’t have a QR code reader.
  8. 8. QR codes (Japan, 1994) • Invented for use in retail but rapidly adopted across industries. • Advantages • Cheap. Easy to implement. • Disadvantages (practical) • Hard to scan from a distance. • One to one: If you’re close enough to scan the code then (probably) no-one else can scan it. • Disadvantages (sociocultural) • Most people (outside Asia) don’t have a QR code reader. • Many people think they’re ugly. RFID, NFC (1983, 2002) • Both employ radio signals to exchange data between nearby objects. Advantage • Proximity often requires explicit user action, which improves trust, and makes these technologies ideal for payment and identification. Disadvantage • Poor discoverability. Must be signposted or rely on learned behaviour. British Airways NFC + e- paper baggage tag prototype
  9. 9. Proximity marketing 1.0 (2004) • A small server broadcasts short messages, images, mp3s etc. into a space using Bluetooth. Disadvantage • Anyone nearby with Bluetooth turned on received the broadcast. • Was mostly used for advertising so became a form of spam (which forced many people to shut Bluetooth off). https://www.flickr.com/photos/voyages-provence/13541325644
  10. 10. Apple iBeacon (2013) • Small battery powered Beacons broadcast messages to iOS + Android apps using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). • Only the app that matches the beacon ID recognizes the broadcast. Advantage • Users aren’t bombarded with messages from brands they don’t already have a relationship with.
 Disadvantage • Users without the specific app that matches the beacon can’t discover/take advantage of the data or service it provides. *kontakt.io beacon shown
  11. 11. iBeacon On iOS, a user’s app will automatically receive a broadcast each time it passes by a beacon—even if the app is in background mode or switched off. Advantage • If a user walks by several beacons, it’s therefore possible track their path and use it to trigger location-relevant offers or notifications (i.e. a user’s gate number when they enter the airport). Disadvantage • Potential privacy concerns. • Even if the user likes a brand, automatically triggered notifications can rapidly become annoying.
  12. 12. The goal of the Physical Web isn’t to replace these technologies, but to address some of their challenges by leveraging the ‘super- powers’ of URLs and the open, flexible, decentralised and universally supported web.
  13. 13. 2. How does the Physical Web work? 15
  14. 14. The Physical Web (PW) is an open-source* project. Google initiated the technology, and has the most widespread implementation (~800m devices) through Chrome on Android and iOS—but there’s already a large ecosystem of other contributors. It’s all open source! *Visit GitHub to download the source and/or contribute to these conversations.
  15. 15. 1. The beacon (a thing that broadcasts a URL) The Physical Web is pretty simple—it has three parts 2. The scanner/browser (a thing that scans for, retrieves and displays a list of URLs) 3. Proxy (user advocate) optional cloud service The specifications for all three are open source.
  16. 16. What is a beacon? BLE radio transmitter (intermittently on, sips power compared to regular BT) low-cost, long-life (~2yrs) battery or other power source many beacons also include some form of remote management appThis beacon is by Estimote (but there are many others) many sizes and form factors
  17. 17. A beacon’s (only) job is to repeatedly* transmit a signal that other devices can see. The message itself is transmitted using a BLE ‘advertising packet’, a standard broadcast format limited to 17 bytes. Once in range, Bluetooth-equipped devices like a smartphone can “see” the beacon and receive its broadcast (if BT is switched on). *recommended every 700 milliseconds broadcast range What it does
  18. 18. Unidirectional broadcast The Bluetooth ‘advertising’ function is by-design unidirectional. • A single beacon can advertise to multiple nearby smartphones but these devices cannot send data back to the beacon. • Beacons also cannot physically detect when clients scans them so cannot track passers-by.
  19. 19. to broadcast URLs could also be attached or embedded into all sorts of smart (and otherwise dumb) things around us https://www.flickr.com/photos/naan/2398024748 …in the near future, the ability Permanently broadcasts “I love you” Turn me off from a distance Change my colour! Check what materials i’m made of when Craigslisting me. Understand how I work and where to recycle me
  20. 20. 2. The scanner/browser As the beacons broadcast URLs, the most common scanners are (and will probably remain?) web browsers. Chrome
 Android + iOS ~800M devices Opera
 (Labs browsers) Mozilla
 (Beta) Microsoft Edge
 (coming soon) Safari Mobile
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  21. 21. Unlike iBeacon, there is however no background scanning. All scanning for URLs must be user-initiated. As the Physical Web is new, users will probably not scan unless they’re aware of nearby content, or notice the logo. (This is how the ‘normal’ web began as well :-)
  22. 22. How do you ‘scan’ (in Chrome) A user opens their Android Notification screen or Today Widget on iOS. If there are beacons nearby, they will see a low priority (no vibration) notification. Tapping the notification displays a list of all beacons within range, showing their URL, page title, description and favicon*. …displayedinorderofproximity *see this article for details of metadata retrieval in each browser (Behaviour varies by browser)
  23. 23. And then…? https://webPage.io That’s (technically) it. The beacon’s job is done. All subsequent interactions between the user and brand take place ‘on the web’. https://shortURL.io user taps to load the page (on the internet —the beacon does not serve the page)
  24. 24. The proxy sits in between the beacon and the user. A proxy is optional but serves two important purposes: improve performance and protect the user. The Chrome proxy is called the Physical Web Service (PWS). Other browsers have a similar (but probably not identical) service. 3. The proxy *more details on the PWS and its role
  25. 25. What it does https://shortURL.io 2 1 (based on Google’s PWS…each proxy is a bit different) parses the document to extract metadata• final URL • page title • description • favicon
  26. 26. What it does https://shortURL.io BEACONS BOOKMARKTOP SITES Search or enter address Haro Sushi and Izakaya haro-sushi.com Hons on Robson hons-noodles.com 2 analysis + optimisation 4 1 one-way broadcast (based on Google’s PWS…each proxy is a bit different) parses the document to extract metadata 3 • final URL • page title • description • favicon
  27. 27. Security + privacy
 Masks the user’s device information from a web site until the user has chosen to interact with it. Ensures site doesn’t contain SPAM or malicious content. De-duplication*
 If several beacons with the same URL are used within a space the user's will only see one URL. Optimisation Augments and enriches the basic results to improve usefulness and usability. e.g. sorting, ranking and filtering for relevance User benefits *Chrome only (for now)
  28. 28. Miscellaneous FAQ
  29. 29. HTTPS only (on Chrome*) All communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. All interactions are ‘on the web’ Once a user selects a site, all subsequent interactions take place on the web so automatically conform to privacy-preserving behaviours such as opting-in to enable geolocation or web notifications. Q: Are any other user safeguards built in? *For now. Other scanners will hopefully emulate this.
  30. 30. No. There are many ways to broadcast a URL. Today, the Physical Web uses BLE because of its ubiquity on mobile devices today. Additionally, it is highly energy efficient—many bluetooth beacons today have multi-year battery lives. The hope however, is that other useful formats will be supported. Two strong candidates are mDNS and uPnP—transport protocols that enables users who are logged into wi-fi to discover beacons broadcasting on that same wi-fi network. Q: Will/does the Physical Web only support BLE? See Github for the latest discussions on mDNS
  31. 31. An outstanding issue with wi-fi based protocols is that the devices that are most likely to broadcast this way (e.g. TVs, printers, smart home appliances) will most likely broadcast a local IP address rather than a public URL. The (cloud-based) proxy will therefore not be able to follow this link to retrieve the page title and description, perform customary security checks, or further optimise the discovery experience. Challenges with wi-fi based discovery See Github for the latest discussions on local IP-based discovery.
  32. 32. Eddystone is a new open source protocol specification from Google that defines a BLE message format for proximity interactions. Eddystone broadens what can be done with beacons by broadcasting up to four formats (or ‘frame’ types): • Eddystone UID, EID and TLM—Which all work with apps and enable interactions similar to iBeacon. • Eddystone URL—Which the Physical Web is now based on and works with a browser. Q: What is Eddystone?
  33. 33. Thought experiment:
 Does the scanner have to be a browser?
  34. 34. No. The browser is merely an app that incorporates the Physical Web specification. This specification is open source, so companies could build the ability to “see” Physical Web URLs into other apps.
  35. 35. “…the watches glow and vibrate when you walk somewhere in the real world that corresponds with somewhere in Pokémon Go's virtual world” Source: The Verge - Pokemon Go Plus hands on photos
  36. 36. https://www.flickr.com/photos/25958224@N02/8122856863 …an antenna implanted in his skull allows him to ‘hear’ the racks upon racks of brightly coloured packaging in the aisles as a sensor converts colour frequencies into sound.
 - Vice: The Creator’s Project “ artist Neil Harbisson
  37. 37. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" painted by Neil Harbisson. which means Neil can listen to paintings… TED: I listen to color and also paint everything he hears. Each colour is assigned an audible frequency,
  38. 38. 3. Three key use cases 40
  39. 39. Use case 1: Pure discovery (“A much smarter QR code”) Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things Use case 3: Directly control an object
  40. 40. tadaslab on Instagram “Call a taxi” button attached to a tree #iot “…the significance of technologies such as RFID and 2D barcoding is that they offer a low impact way to import physical objects into the datasphere—to endow them with an informational shadow. - Adam Greenfield
  41. 41. Seriously? Is that it? That’s only marginally more useful than typing a URL yourself, or just googling it… https://www.flickr.com/photos/neilghamilton/10389735244 url/greatKurdishFoodNearby
  42. 42. …unless you’re waaaaay at the back top range for beacons is currently ~100m (300ft) and while a wider smart poster range will drain more power, this poster is powered, so that’s ok https://www.flickr.com/photos/alsaarom/8258444009
  43. 43. Tube, DLR, London Overground Part closureLondon Overgroud Part closureNorthern Service closedWaterloo & City Good service on all other lines Average wait at North Entrance is 12 minutes https://www.flickr.com/photos/oatsy40/24775669489/ you can also dynamically deep-dive to the exact content that suit a user’s context and location
  44. 44. https://www.flickr.com/photos/marketingfacts/6323249188/ ...in Korea, grocery stores are embedded on Subway platforms where users scan QR codes to buy items that are delivered just-in-time for dinner
  45. 45. Snapchat Geofilters are small content bundles that become available once a user reaches a given (geofenced) place. instead of merely delivering information, the URL could provide a location-relevant utility or experiential application
  46. 46. …or attach URLs to a “thing” whose identity is more important https://www.flickr.com/photos/morebyless/14246207164 Hi, i’m Narelle! Ask me anything about vikings (or join my class on Thursdays and Sundays at 14:00). REGISTER than its context
  47. 47. Miscellaneous FAQ
  48. 48. By design, the Physical Web does not push messages (and it will hopefully remain this way). You can however expand on its base behaviours by combining it with other web technologies. For example… Q: Is it possible to push messages or notifications from a Physical Web beacon?
  49. 49. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfj/288526372 Yikes, as you can see, we’re *really* busy! There’s about a 20 minute wait, but our sister location Oishii still has three tables. JOIN WAITLIST SHOW ME OISHII BOOK ANOTHER DAY once the table is ready customers can add their names to Scenario: a wait-list and receive a notification
  50. 50. 1. Once a user has joined the queue, ask her to opt-in* to Web Push Notifications. 
 
 These will be managed by a Service Worker—a new web standard that enables the browser to run scripts in the background—even when the page is not open.
 2. Once the customer’s table is ready, a web service will message the service worker, that will then trigger the push notification. User-centered push notification (…an example) *opting-in is a default requirement for privacy sensitive web standards such as Geolocation and Push Notifications
  51. 51. Use case 1: Pure discovery (“A much smarter QR code”) Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things Use case 3: Directly control an object 50
  52. 52. Most “smart” things we use these days are not that smart. While they can often be controlled using an app, very rarely does the app “speak” directly to the thing. A brief “smart thing” primer…
  53. 53. Instead, the app often communicates with the cloud, or a local hub (or ‘bridge’) which then relays the command to the device.
  54. 54. 1 Issue a command: ”Lamp on!” For example…
  55. 55. 1 cloud service API The bridge in your home receives the command via wi-fi. 2 For example… Issue a command: ”Lamp on!”
  56. 56. 1 cloud service API The bridge in your home receives the command via wi-fi. 2 3 It transmits the command (P2P) to nearby bulbs For example… Issue a command: ”Lamp on!”
  57. 57. 1 cloud service API The bridge in your home receives the command via wi-fi. 2 3 It transmits the command (P2P) to nearby bulbs If other bulbs are too far from the bridge, the closest bulb uses a mesh network to pass the message along 4 For example… Issue a command: ”Lamp on!”
  58. 58. 1 cloud service API The bridge in your home receives the command via wi-fi. 2 3 It transmits the command (P2P) to nearby bulbs If other bulbs are too far from the bridge, the closest bulb uses a mesh network to pass the message along 4 For example… smart pretty smart less smart less smart less smart less smart smart Issue a command: ”Lamp on!”
  59. 59. …by extending this pattern to the web we can create all sorts of rich and yet casual interactions while completely bypassing the friction of first downloading an app https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlottemorrall/3778508426 GUMBOT Bet you don’t have a quarter? Am I right or am I right? GUMBOT No sweat. How about one of these? That’ll be $0.25 please.
  60. 60. And once you reconsider how “smart” a device needs to be to create a useful (and convincing) experience—you may also want to reconsider the term ‘device’.
  61. 61. https://www.flickr.com/photos/neo_ii/7483010074 Now playing LOGIN with SPOTIFY VOTE FOR THE NEXT SONG I Didn’t see it coming Belle and Sebastian Monthly special for Spotify members. Log in to redeem your complementary virtual jukebox credit and choose a song we will play in the next 18 minutes. the music system…or the café itself? in this scenario, is ‘the device‘
  62. 62. https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlottemorrall/3778508426 PS - Android users can even download the native app directly from the plane :-) Air Canada Rouge replaced their seat-back entertainment system with a web app whose content is streamed from within the plane to a passenger’s personal device (or a rented iPad). Anyone with a browser can access the service—but passengers are incentivised to download the app to access premium content.
  63. 63. Use case 1: “A much smarter QR code” Use case 2: Interact with moderately “smart” things Use case 3: Directly control an object 60
  64. 64. Web Bluetooth is an open web standard that enables users —in a secure and privacy-preserving way—to discover smart devices, communicate with them, and use a web page to directly control them.
  65. 65. Support levels The technology is completely separate from the Physical Web but highly complimentary. It is nearing launch on Chrome and is currently testable behind a Chrome ‘flag’. Chrome
 Android + iOS (behind Dev flag) Opera
 (Labs browser) Mozilla
 (Experimental) Microsoft Edge
 (coming soon?) Safari Mobile
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  66. 66. Built-in security features HTTPS Only All communications between your browser and the website (and in this case, the object) are encrypted. User Gesture Required As a security feature, discovering nearby Bluetooth devices must be called via a user gesture like a touch or mouse click. FitBit Heart Rate Monitor GO9
  67. 67. Visit the thing’s URL
 e.g. shown on the thing’s package, accessible via QR code, Physical Web beacon Tap to connect. You can now interact with the device! 4 How it works: Device discovery and pairing 1 Choose device and grant permission to pair with the device. 2 Parrot Drone 3 CONNECTED success! PAIR Playbill candle
  68. 68. …one more thing
  69. 69. One neat thing about BLE—is that you can also use it to create new (personalized) web UIs for known devices*. *whose services are exposed with the necessary read/write permissions.
  70. 70. • A standardised way for BLE devices to advertise their services to the outside world. • Each device has services (e.g. battery service) which has characteristics (e.g. battery level: 0-100). • BLE has a list of generic services for common devices such as, but products can also create their own. • The value of a characteristics can be read, you can also write to it and request notifications* when the value changes. *the web app (not the user) receives the notifications and uses them to update the UI as needed Bluetooth (Generic Attributes) GATT 101
  71. 71. Each of these examples, taken by itself, is modestly useful. Taken as a whole, however, they imply a vast "long tail" where anything can offer information and utility. — Scott Jenson, Google “ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsome1/1243493095
  72. 72. 4. Design considerations 70
  73. 73. It used to be fairly straightforward for users to understand what a thing was, what it could do, and how to make it do those things. Photo of Sniff by Timo Arnall on Flickr, used with permission Sniff - the RFID enabled toy dog
  74. 74. With IoT (and connected things in general) this becomes far more challenging. Photo of Sniff by Timo Arnall on Flickr, used with permission speaker RFID reader vibration motor battery vibration motor
  75. 75. The conceptual model is the understanding and expectations you want the user to have of the system. What components does it have, how does it work, and how can they interact with it? It’s the mental scaffolding that enables users to figure out how to interact with your service.” — Claire Rowland “
  76. 76. 1 cloud service API 2 3 4 The system might in reality do this… Issue a command: ”Lamp on!” The bridge in your home receives the command via wi-fi. It transmits the command (P2P) to nearby bulbs If other bulbs are too far from the bridge, the closest bulb uses a mesh network to pass the message along
  77. 77. But (if you’re lucky) the user sees (something like) this…
  78. 78. It’s OK for a user’s conceptual model to be incorrect, so long as this doesn’t prevent them from easily and safely operating the product. But (if you’re lucky) the user sees (something like) this…
  79. 79. The whole point of using the web to interact with things and spaced is it to enable random, often one-time interactions that occur ‘in the wild’. In this context (whether we like it or not) there will often be little time or incentive for a user to ‘properly’ learn how things work. https://twitter.com/collision/status/729166303253041152
  80. 80. The guidelines in this section tend to work best the more of them you implement. The ultimate goal is to enable users to quickly and easily develop a useful and plausible conceptual model.
  81. 81. i. Tune the brain’s broadcast range
 Tune the range to aid discoverability and clarify the relationship between the object and the space it inhabits.
  82. 82. *The advertising range can drop significantly if adjacent to walls which are made of metal or brick. BLE has a typical unobstructed broadcast range of 70-100m*. Most beacons allow you to adjust their beacon’s transmission power—which will in effect—adjust this range. An ideal setting prioritises user context while being mindful of beacon battery life (>power = >battery consumption). Sample beacon range for a Kontakt.io beacon.
  83. 83. Unnecessarily wide or greatly overlapping ranges can result in premature discovery, introduce ambiguity and increase cognitive load.Is there actual value in being able to “see” this parking meter’s URL from 100m away? Are you merely creating noise?
  84. 84. Tuning the range to minimise or avoid overlap can reduce friction, minimise errors, and increase trust in the overall service.
  85. 85. This is particularly important if the service has a cost 
 (…which in the case of a vending machine might prove a minor inconvenience, while in the case of the parking meter could result in a substantial fine or a towed vehicle!) How costly is human error in this particular context?
  86. 86. https://www.flickr.com/photos/crondeau/14314596362/ url/specialExhibitDouglasCoupland url/thisDonutThingHereThatDougWantsHelpIdentifying Douglas Coupland, “The Brick Wall”, 2005/2014 assemblage with pieces from the following toys and various untraceable construction sets. this technique isn’t limited to objects you interact with…
  87. 87. ii. Provide clear (and ideally) real-time feedback
 Strong feedback improves learnability, promotes trust and helps users feel in-control.
  88. 88. iii. Use consistent signposting
 Content in the physical environment should—where possible—match that used on the web interface.
  89. 89. Space #2304 Meter #2304 Meter #2304 Main St, 10 m from Fir St. $2.50FOR 1 HOUR PARK HERE ends at 13:47pm
  90. 90. SPOT is brilliantly simple way to improve usability and increase trust. “Tap a colored button and look for the Uber with the matching colored SPOT light. Passengers can even hold down on one of the buttons to turn their phone that colour and wave it in the air to help their driver find them.”
  91. 91. iv. Provide just enough content
 Consider how much content you really need.
  92. 92. there’s nothing wrong with simply mirroring a beacon architecture to its physical https://www.flickr.com/photos/morebyless/14246207164 url/grandGallery url/artDesign url/artDesign url/artDesign url/naturalWorld url/naturalWorld url/naturalWorld and virtual equivalent
  93. 93. Does my interaction with this flower pot require much more than a disembodied record- set? [yes] [no] [maybe] https://www.flickr.com/photos/badlydrawn/15972048661 SODERHAMN Find it in store 105.523.23 Aisle: Location: 0227 Download instructions If however, the information’s role is to help complete a specific task— then the content should probably be more specific to that task.
  94. 94. Does my interaction with this flower pot require much more than a disembodied record-set? [yes] [no] [maybe] Source: Estimote Nearables
  95. 95. https://www.flickr.com/photos/crondeau/14314596362/ Douglas Coupland, “The Brick Wall”, 2005/2014 assemblage with pieces from the following toys and various untraceable construction sets. What is this object? Where is it from? Share your ideas at #dougsDonutThing Doug Coupland @douglascoupland 63% 37% @douglascoupland 511 votes A toilet float A toy url/thisDonutThingHereThatDougWantsHelpIdentifying bundles of just-in-time content and micro-interaction… as we exchange smaller and smaller
  96. 96. …it’s not clear we’ll even need to open an app* at all *native or otherwise—remember, notifications (with actions) now exist in the browser as well url/starbucksBranch_0123 https://www.flickr.com/photos/130000572@N03/16285653016/ Receipt Available Tipping available until 12:09 $0.50 $1.50 $2.00 11:20 AM
  97. 97. v. Anticipate novel uses
 Anticipate URL re-use in novel contexts and, where needed provide clear guidance to avoid unexpected errors.
  98. 98. A few thoughts… • Remember the old debate about all the things “mobile users won’t want to do”? (Hint: that list is super tiny) • Once a user discovers a URL in the real world there’s no reason they can’t bookmark it for later use. • So…what (if anything) will users “NOT want to do” with that URL when they are no longer nearby?
  99. 99. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfj/288526372 Yikes, as you can see, we’re *really* busy! There’s about a 20 minute wait, but our sister location Oishii still has three tables. JOIN WAITLIST SHOW ME OISHII BOOK ANOTHER DAY it’s not hard to imagine remote URL use for almost any physical web context What happens if someone joins remotely. Is the outcome positive or negative? And for whom is it so? [the user] [the restauraunt] [the other people in the queue]
  100. 100. Is the physical touchpoint merely an entry point to future (virtual) interaction?
  101. 101. When officials in Melbourne assigned email addresses to trees (to enable people to report dangerous branches)… some people sent in letters and poems for the trees. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbh/14431865903 APOLOGIES To: London Plane, Tree ID 1032398, St Kilda Rd My dog pee’d on you the other day. Sincerest apologies. A STRANGE QUESTION To: Western Red Cedar,Tree ID 1058295
 Hi Tree, Are you worried about being affected by the Greek debt crisis? Should Greece be allowed to stay in the European Union? HELLO TREE To: Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165 Dear Green Leaf Elm, I hope you like living at St. Mary’s. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don’t think that there is much more to talk
  102. 102. 3. Group exercise
  103. 103. 11:00-11:50 • Group brainstorming, discussion and design. 11:50-12:30 • Group presentations • Limited to ~5 minutes each so we can fit as many as possible. Group exercise (11:00-12:30)
  104. 104. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinou/453593446 thank you many thanks to the amazing photographers on http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5 @yiibu hello@yiibu.com contact us at Presentation deck available @
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