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Future Radios: Prototyping with Stickers, Cardboard and Electronics

Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
Average rating: ****.
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We interact with the digital world through walled gardens of finished, unchangeable products. The first digitally native population have been locked out of the very devices they rely on every day. We want people to truly own their devices, and have the ability to alter their behaviour, appearance and functionality.

In this session we will talk about BBC Research & Development’s experimental radio platform, a step towards encouraging people to understand and influence the devices in their world. We’ll describe the background of the project and why radio was the perfect starting point. We’ll show the tools we have developed, from lo-fi prototyping workshops using postcards and stickers that enable everyone to sketch and articulate ideas for their own radios, through to the easily-available hardware and open-source software for making these ideas real. We will discuss the benefits of working in the open throughout, and participating in a collaborative discussion with the open-source community and potential users.

We’d like to run an example workshop (15-30 minutes), taking audience members through the experience of designing their own radios, and demonstrating a completed example radio device.

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Andrew Nicolaou


Andrew is a User Interface Developer for BBC R&D. He’s interested in prototyping future connected experiences across TV, radio and online, particularly using emerging web technologies and tangible interfaces. Previously, he built audience-facing applications for BBC Online’s largest digital products. He has an MSc in System Design for Internet Applications.

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Dan Nuttall


Dan is a Software engineer for Internet Research and Future Services in BBC R&D. He has worked for a range of companies in Europe and Africa, building web sites, browser extensions, servers and everything in between using open-source software.