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3.6.3 Evidencing

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Forgery
Evidencing has become a widely used design method to visualise and present intangible aspects of future solutions and scenarios[1]. From the tradition of a “False Document” its goal is to fool the reviewer of the evidence to think it is true[2]. If the outcome of this review is positive, if the reviewer believes in the evidence and also think it is good it might verify the validity of the concept that was evidenced.

Rapid Development
The method allows for relative rapid production and creates, if successful, a way of experiencing a future concept, product or service without using lots of time on a functional prototype. The choice to make a fictional blog is a consequence of writing all of the process in a blog format and also the success of evidences throughout the process.

Discussion Seeds
The use of evidences in the blog format has shown to me that this is a great opportunity to create discussion outside of the school. This can be exploited even more effectively by posting the evidences to popular social bookmark sites (where users rate the bookmarks) such as digg.com and reddit.com. Thay will give you thousands of visitors if you break through the noise of the other bookmarks.

My intention by including the “family home” as a context in the start was to make the result easily accessible to occasional readers I think this combination of methods suits the project well.

References in this post
  1. http://www.servicedesign.org/glossary/evidence/ [*]
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_document [*]

3.6.2 The smart grid enables the smart consumer

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Energy Sharing
Distributed Generation or peer to peer energy sharing is the technological paradigm of the result[1].

Illustrating the vertical old- and the node based new infrastructure

Illustrating the vertical old- and the node based new infrastructure

Full Control
Today the electricity infrastructure and related services has little transparency for the regular consumer. On the left in the above illustration it is clear that the vertical one way structure gives the customers little added value. Comparing this to the right side of the illustration, the smart grid offers the consumer an equal spot in the smart grid as the next guy or a power company. By giving the end consumer the opportunity to plug a solar panel into the grid it could motivate a change in how we perceive electricity production today. The nodes in this Distributed Generation scenario have full freedom to connect input output over the entire grid and pool, split and regroup the various elements in the smart grid.

Exponential Growth?
This individual node in this new grid might smaller in scale than the the energy re-sellers and the producers capacities, but as more and more small contributors would connect to the Smart Grid their combined efforts will become notable. I think it could be the feeling of just generate enough electricity to keep your iPod, PC or one or two appliances on just your self-produced energy that will appeal to many in the start. One can just imagine the Youtube of energy sharing or the Piratebay of rouge electricity…

References in this post
  1. European Commission. (2006). European Technology Platform Smart Grids. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. [*]

3.6.1 The Battery as an icon

Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Tangible Electricity

Tangible Electricity

Mental Image
Electricity should be more tangible than today, not as a shocking experience, but as a mental image. If awareness is increased by visualising data, then a mental image of electricity as something you can produce, store and use in a similar fashion to The SunCat battery would be even better.

Tree Parts
I see The SunCat batteries as three distinct parts:

  • electricity production
  • electricity storage
  • electricity usage
Deconstruction of the battery

Deconstructing the battery

Combined
When these parts are combined in the very manageable size of a C-Cell battery it gives the user the ultimate control and ownership of his or hers electricity. This mental image or experience is attempted realised in the daily life of the contributors to “untappedEnergy.org”.