Human to Machine, Machine to Machine

The explosion of Internet and web creates new interaction models that lead to dynamic configurations of people, networks and machines. The hybrid design practice will accommodate these new interaction models. To our traditional human to human (H2H) and human to architecture (H2A) interactions, we’ve added human to machine (H2M) and machine to machine (M2M).

H2M interaction models connect humans to machines in “everywhere” mode — from any device, at any time and place. Manufacturers of building elements — garage doors,[] ceiling fans,[] appliances,[] and many other automation systems — are smartphoneenabling spatial elements so that people can control devices and receive messages and images. Our machines are speaking to us. “The garage door was left open.” “Your dog Ella’s heart rate is elevated. She has found the stash of chocolate hidden inside the upstairs closet.”

With M2M, a sensor or monitor device can capture an “event” (such as the state of temperature of light, or other environmental or asset conditions). The state can be transmitted over the Internet or a local network to a cloud-, desktop-, or server-based software application that analyzes, stores, or processes the information, or applies it to a downstream action. Apple Computer’s iBeacons, based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, enable place-aware applications to light up when you enter a room (or at least when your smartphone does).[] Beacons embedded in architecture can sense when you approach and reach out to you in location-specific ways.

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