A collaborative project that took place in the FHNW - a university in Switzerland. Bringing together students from Merz Akademie; in Stuttgart, Germany, Northumbria University; Newcastle, UK and Southeast University; China.
Working with a mixed team of students studying: Computer Science, Graphic Design, Psychologyand Interactive Media Design to make something for LoRa; a new low powered network, a part ofInternet of Things (IoT).
We created 'Knowhere'; it's a tracking device using the LoRa network. Allowing users to track their personal belongings by attaching the small device and seeing the location through the accompanying application.
The final deliverable was a presentation of the idea to members of Swisscom (the company hosting the project), showing the workings of the device; technology and user wise. Along with research, app & product designs, business plans, device cost, a working demo and a video demonstrating key features.
To add a tracker, you simply enter or scan the code on the back of the tracker to sync it then give it a name along with an icon and a colour for easy recognition on the map.
Adding a geo-fence allows the user to set up safe zones, for example, if you left the house without your wallet, you’d get a notification letting you know before its too late.
Selecting the lost item will display a map showing the location of the device, then you have the ability to ‘ring’ by playing an audio alert or ‘flash’ which then turns on an LED beacon so disruption isn't caused.
In production we considered all possible platforms and devices, looking at Android, iOS and Windows to different view ports such as the Apple Watch.
I made a short video demonstration how Knowhere works
iPole | collaborative project with universes from Switzerland, Germany and China.