The Arts and Humanities in the Internet of Things

The vital role arts and humanities research can play in the development of the Internet of Things

This Working Paper argues that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be greatly enhanced by contributions from the researchers in the Arts and Humanities, and is the outcome of an original research commission by scholar, artist and researcher Timothy Senior.

The paper explores how intellectual approaches common to arts and humanities disciplines - where research exhibits a rich and deep understanding of society, culture and human experience - has influenced design in new Internet-connected objects. It calls for an undertanding of the Internet of Things as an ecosystem within which interdisciplinary work is vital to produce engaging, useful and meaningful products.

This is a key finding of our research into Objects Sandbox, our three month R&D process which supported six collaborations between academics and companies to explore the next chapter in the story of both objects and the Internet. The emphasis of this Sandbox was on the interactions and experiences that exist between an individual and [internet] connected, physical objects.