Månad: december 2014

Lite ljus i mörkret – en ljus-väckarklocka

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Ännu ett litet tips vad du kan göra med din avlagda gamla mobiltelefon!

Själv har jag haft en så kallad ljus-väckarklocka som väcker med ett skarpt ljus på morgonen. Jag tycker det är enormt skönt att vakna med ett sådant ljus. Kanske inbillar jag mig men jag känner mig piggare – även då jag vaknar tidigare än klockan och bara ser in i det skarpa ljuset.

Telefonen är en utmärkt väckarklocka också. Men jag gillar inte skarpa signaler. Kanske beroende på att jag är lättväckt.

Hur som helst – att göra om en avlagd mobiltelefon är enkelt.

Ladda hem andoid-appen ”glimmer” välj bild som du vill visa, ställ in klockan på tid då du vill vakna till ljuset. Du kan förstås även lägga till ett ljud för den svårväckte.

Ställ upp telefonen så att skärmen riktas mot dig. Voila! En ljusväckarklocka!

För den som vill ha telefonen som nattklocka så rekommenderas även  appen ”twilight” som tar bort blått ljus som tydligen ska störa sömnen.

Så då var julklapparna klara….

God jul!

/Henrik

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Ge akvariet lite juleljus

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Jag har tidigare skrivit om hur man kan återanvända gamla datorer, telefoner etc. Som några vet är jag även en akvarienörd.

Tänk om man skulle låta mobilen lysa med skärmen hela tiden och även vandra mellan vitt och blåttljus… Det kan bli snyggt. Så här gjorde jag med en gammal Android:

1.Rensade telefonen (behövs inte nödvändigtvis; man kan skapa nytt googlekonto om man inte villa ha appen i sitt ordinarie utbud på andra telefoner).

2. Laddade ner ”Night Light Pro”, öppnade den. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d…lightpro&hl=sv)

3. Satte på högsta ljusstyrka (”brightness”).

4. Vitt ljus är grunden, jag lade till blåttljus (man kan välja vad man vill).

5. Jag lät övergångarna (”transitions”) vara som de var.

6. Startade appen. Kollade av ljuset så jag var nöjd.

7. Fäste den mot rutan – här med silvertejp på undanskymd plats – inte så snyggt men….

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8. Voila! Så här blev det nu i dagsljus….får uppdatera med ny bild när det blir natt igen…om någon är intresserad.

Akvarieljus

Man måste förstås ha laddare i annars tar batteriet slut på nolltid… Fiskarna verkade inte bry sig om reklamen.

/Henrik

Smart Sustainable After Work – The Real Thing

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Today we had our first Smart Sustainable After Works, arranged by Josefin Wangel and Elina. We had 12 participant, from two different universities and several schools at KTH, so it was a heterogenous gathering. The focus of this first AW is the Resource Man and at least half the group had read following paper in before hand:

Strengers, Y. (2014). Smart energy in everyday life: are you designing for resource man? interactions 21(4): 24-31.

After a short presentation of ourselves and a short presentation of the paper the discussions started. We were discussing the role of social practice theory, if the resource man is the focus of our design today, and what happens within utility companies regarding demand shifting initiatives and smart metering.

Some argued that the paper were a bit ”lame” even though it have bold statements. However, many liked one of the last paragraphs where Strengers discuss the possibility to reimagining everyday life, instead of trying to make it just more energy efficient. After this the discussion meandered into what is normal and if what is normal is good. The focus of the consumer also narrows the solution space, since we can achieve more on a  system scale rather than having different individuals acting to optimize and automate.

I really enjoyed this after work and look forward to the next one!

/Elina

Team meeting 141215

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Present at the meeting: Hanna, Ulrica, Daniel, Björn, Love, Malin, Elina

At the last meeting for the year, the main event was Björn presenting the ”Christmas food challenge”. Here are the instructions to participate in that challenge:

  1. Ladda ner en Foodprint-plugin till Chrome eller Firefox
  2. Använd någon recepttjänst på Internet (tasteline, ica, recept.nu) i minst 7 dagar under de följande 5 veckorna (fram till söndag den 18.e januari).
  3. Lägg in data utifrån valda recept i Foodprint (eller mata in egna recept manuellt)
  4. Hjälp till att uppdatera den tillhörande matvaru-databasen med synonymer (”potatisar” = ”potatis”, ”150 gram hamburgare” = ”150 gram nötfärs”
  5. På första team-mötet nästa år (19.e januari) diskuterar vi erfarenheter, insikter, reflektioner över upplevelsen (proceduren, användarvänlighet, gränssnittet, uppgiften, beteendeförändringar)

Film 1: Installera och använda webbläsarpluginet

Film 2: Registrerad dig som användare

Film 3: Lägg till recept som måltid och ”dina utsläpp”

Film 4: Skapa måltid (utan att använda en recepttjänst)

Film 5: Hitta recept

Film 6: Mer avancerat om recept

Alla dessa filmer finns tillgängliga på denna websida.

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We also talked about the design fiction paper we plan to submit to the Critical Computing conference. We want many abstracts from KTH.

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Team meeting 141201

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We had a team meeting the 1st of december. Björn, Daniel, Malin, Elina, Love, Hanna, Jonas, Åke, Henrik. Two of these, Love and Jonas, are not ordinary members of the team and came just for this occasion as the agenda was of interest.

We discussed the article “Sustainably Unpersuaded “ by Brynjarsdottir, Håkansson, Pierce, Baumer, DiSalvo, Sengers.

Daniel, Björn and Henrik had read the article critically and wished to discuss the article.

Most agreed that the article is of interest for the sustainability-team and that the it is critical towards how the research within persuasion is done. Some participants think that the research is to individually focused and the issue of sustainability is more of a governmental issue.

Several participants thought the issue of modernism which is the researchers main criticism against persuasion techniques is a bit misleading.

A main issue is however; who has the agency for change in order to save the world?

/Henrik

Annual Team Kick-off December 4, 2014

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Our now traditional team kick-off took place the 4th of December. Daniel hosted the kick-off this year and we were 9 people attending during different parts of the day. In the morning session Daniel, Malin, Ulrica, Elina, Åke, Hanna and Jonas described our current positions and aspirations in relation to sustainability and research. Discussion spanned from what is our underlying driving forces to issues with the doctoral student situation. Next the team discussed possible venues for publication and grant application. Some of the possible conference venues mentioned were; Nordes (deadline Jan 7, 2015) and ICT4S2015 (deadline March 15, 2015). The team also wanted to find a suitable conference in Europe where we could present work relating to behavior, energy and sustainability and one possibility is the ECEEE (European Council of Energy Efficient Economy) summer study. Journals were also discussed, and a long list of possible journals were generated (of course all with high impact factor).

Team kick off around the kitchen table
Team kick off around the kitchen table

After lunch Jonas left the group and Cecilia joined. The 5-year vision were scrutinized and we also went through our goals for 2014 and formulated new goals for 2015. We have reached several of the quite extensive goals of 2014. 2015 we raise our targets even more! Here are just some of our numerous goals:

  • Formulate at least 5 master theses proposals
  • Write more than 12 text, preferably in new author constellations
  • Have a internal review process before submissions
  • Our research should be presented or mentioned in 5 popular science texts
  • Write at least one international and one national research application with partners outside of MID
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ICT enabled practice, all notes were taken immediately on several computers in a shared online document.

After a short walk in the grey and misty weather, we continued with our last session where we aimed at doing something concrete. We started discussing possible collaborations around papers that we could send to ICT4S 2015. This is also the session when our last team member joined the event, Ambjörn, who also stayed to discuss a possible paper to the conference Critical Computing with a deadline February 15, 2015.

/Elina

 

PS. Daniel also wrote up an account of the kick-off on his academic blog.

Smart Sustainable After Work – Resource Man

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MID4S (through Elina) and CESC and FMS (through Josefin Wangel) are inviting you all to participate in the first Smart Sustainable After Work seminar. We hope this will be a recurring series of critical discussions on smart technology over a cold beverage!

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Welcome to Smart Sustainable After Work!

The idea of a Smart Sustainable After Work originated from the wish to bring together people working on smart sustainable solutions, to share experiences and perspectives, and to create a forum for a critical discourse on smart everything agendas. We understand smart as being a synonym to ICT-enabled, and sustainable as the intended contribution of such solutions.

Resource Man

The theme of this first Smart Sustainable After Work is “Resource Man”; what is the archetype that smart energy solutions are designed for? What can we say about ideators’, designers’ and developers’ underlying assumptions by looking at the products being designed? Could it be otherwise, and what would that archetype be?

As a preparation participants could read the following paper: Strengers, Y. (2014). Smart energy in everyday life: are you designing for resource man? interactions 21(4): 24-31.

Very welcome!
Elina Eriksson & Josefin Wangel

 

Practicalities
Drinks and snacks: At the seminar there will be beverages (with and without alcohol) and snacks available. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by CESC. Alcoholic beverages will be at your own expense so please bring cash.
When: Monday December 15th 17.30-19
Where: CESC – Centre for Sustainable Communications, Lindstedtsvägen 5, 4th floor. For wheelchair users this location is a bit difficult to get to, but there is a way in without stairs. If you need directions, please let us know.
Sign up: Please let us know that you are coming through signing up here: http://goo.gl/forms/VA6TS19S1b
Contact: Elina Eriksson (elina@kth.se) and Josefin Wangel (wangel@kth.se)

About
Smart Sustainable After Work is organized by CESC – Centre for Sustainable Communication, MID4S – Media Technology and Interaction Design for Sustainability and fms – the Division of Environmental Strategies Research, all at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.