Numbers that Matter

Numbers that Matter
Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device

Data is too incomprehensible to care about. There is lots of Data ‘about’ individuals not ‘for’ individuals. The tools for taking this data and turning it into meaningful information is generally limited to experts, who use it to support studies and analyses – and is out of the reach of the everyday person.

Numbers That Matter aims to explore what would happen if this relationship were turned on its head, through a series of workshops and production activities. If we could invent a watch that told you that your neighbours were probably bored and looking for companionship, if we could invent a litmus badge that changed colour telling you how healthy the areas you frequent are, if we could invent a bandana that unfurled in sociable places, how would it affect us? Would they change our behaviour as individuals – but more interestingly, could they help us become more aware citizens?

Through a series of free workshops, Numbers That Matter will identify the needs of individuals and communities and identify ways of realising them. Working with engineers and software developers, we will prototype one device as functioning, wearable object.

Numbers that Matter is a Creative Exchange Project.

  

Project Team

Hannah Stewart Hannah Stewart Creative Exchange PhD Student
Malé Malé Creative Exchange PhD Student
BoykoBoyko Christopher Boyko Urban Design and Behaviour, Internet of Things, Protest/Resistance, Town Planning, Urban Sustainability, Wellbeing
TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design

Updates

Numbers that Matter: Developing a methodology to explore collective wellbeing in the digital public space

OutcomeJournal Paper
Numbers that Matter: Developing a methodology to explore collective wellbeing in the digital public space

This paper discusses ideas of digital public spaces as a framework for making sense of an experience of collaborating in Numbers That Matter, a short cross-sector engagement design project that explored open data, wellbeing and wearables devices. ...More information

Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

It has been exactly a month since the unveiling of the iWatch and iPhone 6 by Apple on the 9th of September. Along with it came a lot of promise and expectations although it would be at least another three months before it becomes commercially available. ...Read full article

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

We are recruiting field trial pilot participants for a shiny new bit of wearable tech

Numbers That Matter Hackathon winners ‘Happy Hands’ designed an intelligent heated glove that is a fashionable answer to cold hands, responding to the environment you find yourself in. Together with the...Read full update

A hacktastick experience!

A hacktastick experience!

Numbers that Matter Hackathon

The Urban dictionary defines “hacktastic” as a positive statement referring to a strange or innovative programming or technical task, project or idea. ...Read full update

The Numbers That Matter Hackathon

Event3 years, 4 months and 11 days ago
The Numbers That Matter Hackathon

15th of March 2014, Manchester Science Park, Pencroft Way, Manchester M15 6JJ

Hackathon Weekender: open data & wearable tech - 15th-16th March (Sat/Sun) 10am start at Manchester Science Park

What happens when we bring together open data, smart devices, and wearable technology?...Read full update