Kaave Pour was already hacking bookmakers when he was 14. Today the 26-year-old from Copenhagen is the creative director of Space10, also known as IKEA’s innovation lab. Pour explores how new trends and technologies will impact humanity in general and the concept of IKEA in particular.
On June 7-8, 2016, during the 5th edition of the Internet of Things Event at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Kaave Pour will talk about how to design for a more sustainable way of living.
How do you ensure that technology is also sustainable?
“The question we need to ask ourselves more is: who are we becoming as humans while using this technology? If something is possible, it doesn’t always mean it’s good for us. When talking about the Internet of Things we often think about products, like a camera toggle for your dog or a smart refrigerator. But I would like to look at the vision of what that product should be and what people should do with it. And when you think about people, design becomes crucial.”
Could you give an example?
“At Space10 we are fascinated with the idea of abolishing the user interface. The concept of ‘no user interface’ forces you to look at the essentials of the product and see how you can interact with it in the easiest way possible. Should you even interact with it at all? Take Nest for example. There is still a screen there, but should there even be a screen? Perhaps in the future IoT solutions can take care of things without bothering us about how it’s done.”
What’s your feeling about the current state of IoT solutions?
“There are some good things out there, but I think we haven’t seen the House of Cards for IoT yet. The question is whether there will ever be a mutual language for IoT. I don’t think so, as I don’t think everything will work well with everything. Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest, was right when he said you should build one product and do it right and only afterwards worry if it can fit into more applications.” Read more