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Experiencing the Future Mundane

Coulton, Paul; Lindley, Joseph; Gradinar, Adrian; Colley, James; Sailaja, Neelima; Crabtree, Aandy; Forrester, Ian; Kerlin, Lianne


Paul Coulton

Joseph Lindley

Adrian Gradinar

James Colley

Neelima Sailaja

Ian Forrester

Lianne Kerlin


Through the design, development and implementation of the Living Room of the Future (LRoTF), we build upon existing work to progress two strands of research. The first explores how media broadcasters may utilise Object-Based Media (OBM) to provide more immersive experiences. Created in conjunction with the BBC R&D the LRofTF utilises OBM to dynamically customise television content according to audiences’ personal, contextual and derived data. OBM works by breaking media into smaller parts or ‘objects’, describing how they relate to each other semantically, and then reassembling them into personalised programmes. In addition to this media-delivery aspect, the LRoTF explores data protection issues that arise from OBM’s use of data by integrating with the privacy- enhancing Databox system. The second research focus develops understandings of Design Fiction. While the ‘World Building’ approach to Design Fiction describes strategies that place emerging technologies in potential futures, this work expands the scope of these prototypes to create a world within which audiences co-produce a ‘lived’ experience of the future as an ‘Experiential Design Fiction’. By combining the audience’s context with the fiction’s diegesis this research demonstrates a method for extrapolating today’s emerging technologies to create an immersive experience of a possible mundane reality of tomorrow.


Coulton, P., Lindley, J., Gradinar, A., Colley, J., Sailaja, N., Crabtree, A., …Kerlin, L. (2019). Experiencing the Future Mundane. In Method & Critique : Frictions and Shifts in RTD : RTD 2019 Research Through Design Conference

Conference Name RTD 2019 Research Through Design
Start Date Mar 19, 2019
End Date Mar 22, 2019
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2019
Publication Date Mar 19, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 20, 2019
Book Title Method & Critique : Frictions and Shifts in RTD : RTD 2019 Research Through Design Conference
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