Planny is a plannig’s toolkit which helps children with autism at primary education to plan their own Design Based Learning (DBL) activity. A DBL activity can be very chaotic and unstructured. In particular, children with autism are not good in handling chaotic and unstructured situations. Planny helps to bring the structure back and supports children in working independently.


Every color on the toolkit represents a step of the process, e.g. doing research, coming up with solutions and creating a solution. For each step two different exercises are given. Together the children can decide which exercise they perform. In this way, they learn to make agreements and to plan an activity. Above all, they can create their own and unique design process.


Feb. 2016 - June 2016 | 1 student

Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming increasingly more ubiquitous in our lives. The challenge of IoT systems lies partly in the inherent intangibility that comes with the convenience of adaptability and uniformity. There is a challenge in encountering the lack of focus and the growing expectation of multitasking users, as devices are more and more designed for  multiple functions and connectivity. Two designs are created in an attempt to redesign home IoT systems. The following subjects were implemented; (1) rich and embodied interaction, (2) growing systems, and (3) core- and emergent functionalities.


The first design is Oidua, an intuitive IoT audio controller to control the audio system in the whole house. The second design is Conscia, a power controller to turn on/off all electronic devices in a specific room. When both devices are combined, an emergent functionality emerges. During this state the learning algorithm will look for corresponding patterns in use of devices used in the ritual while listening to a certain music style via Oidua. This allows the system to learn about the music style preferences while using certain devices/performing a certain ritual.


Designerly Perspective on IoT
Daphne Muller
Freek Oliver
Sept. 2017
Nov. 2017

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