Meeting with Stefano Mirti in Milano, this period has been coloured by iterating on several concept directions and presenting them to several of my former professors at NABA; including Anna Barbara, Nicoletta Branzi and Giulio Vinaccia.

The meeting with Stefano included feedback from Line Ulrika Christensen, project supervisor at ID Lab. Several previous concepts were discussed, and as a report of the meeting’s outcome, I’ve composed the following to represent the critique given;

+- Concept critical review:
Threads +:
• Poetic
• Good intentions
• Good thought around combined use of emerging technologies
• “human touch”
Threads -:
• Open for misuse by “undesirables”
• Not specific for elderly
Cure Kit +:
• Could be an interesting design concept to create discussion around “ubisafety”, video communication and privacy
• Raises the psychological issue of presentation of self via online communication
• If executed with convincing visuals could seem realistic
Cure Kit -:
• Too unlikely for a mass product
• Not convincing enough as a critical design project
• Unclear purpose
RFID Overload +:
• Addresses the privacy issue
• Can be done fashionably
• If so, targeted specifically for elderly

RFID Overload -:
• Unsure about it being an efficient way to block RFID skimming
• Could be troublesome in use
UbiBracelet +:
• Control over ubi-transactions
• Ergonomic
• Simple in use
• Allows for sharing perhaps unknown to elderly users; a new way to look at net use for them
UbiBracelet -:
• Information overload for an elderly user
UbiSafe Software for mobile +:
• Emphasizes privacy issues and gives you control
• Simple interface design for elderly
• Can work on any mobile phone to ensure privacy
• Can be cheap, downloadable
• Like Ubibracelet, allows for sharing of transactions
UbiSafe Software -:
• Interface design not really my forte
• Unsure of technical requirements
Maneki Neko +:
• Simple RFID blocking, no fancy extras
• Emotional object

• To be used as apparel, not a necessary tech object
• Has a cultural link
Maneki Neko -:
• Limited
• Other similar solutions exist; a more diversified angle is needed to create an appeal
Goggle News Paper +:
• Good idea for a service by/for the elderly
• Transcending media online to offline
• Earning possibility for elderbloggers
• Including also the internet shy elderly
• Possible appeal globally
• Tactile stable medium, nostalgic and safe
Goggle News Paper -:
• Could be seen as regressive, compared to an online version
• Subjective news written by citizen journalists? Editor, fact checking needed. Ref. OhMyNews.
Collective Memory +:
• Interesting thought and use of location specific technology (mobile phone/GPS)
• Experience oriented; memories and stories
• Large possibilities for a massive databank,
• Large possibilities for personal contribution
• Plays on several psychological levels; leaving something behind, curiosity of others, history dissemination, human
• Opens up for personal creativity and creatively made content, ref. Youtube

Collective Memory -:
• Can be misused, being location specific.
• Goes against previous statement about privacy
• Needs to exclude personal sensitive data
RFID Symbols +:
• Graphically nice
• Makes clear statement
RFID Symbols -:
• Originally intended for “Who’s Arfid: a guide to understanding RFID technology”, a discarded concept
• Perhaps a moot point to make
RFID Blockerwear +:
• Simple blocker tags as apparel
• Clear
• Raises privacy issue, once again
• Could become a “street” symbol for elder libertarians
RFID Blockerwear -:
• Limited

Another result of the meeting, that came out from discussing the types of concepts proposed, were the types of targets I indicate. The elderly prosumer is an interesting target, as online social networking among elderly is growing, elderblogging is growing, and the citizen journalism trend indicates a new way to earn on online activities, something that could be a very feasible, fun and interesting activity for a future retiree.

I still want to make a concept regarding ubi-security, since I believe it affects us all, and perhaps particularly members of the boomer generation that has protested, fought and become activists promoting social liberties throughout their adult lives.

The mobile service I indicate in the Collective Memory concept, is interesting as it offers some of the same aspects of the prosumer trend, motivating elderly to share content on the net, and opens up a new way to think about social networking; location specific. The feasibility of this concept relies on GPS technology, and active mobile nodes in cell phones, something that’s being researched and patented now.

As a conclusion, the prosumer target, the libertarian target and the nostalgic online target serve as basis for three interesting concepts I wish to finalize for this thesis.