Enabling the Masses to Become Creative in Smart Spaces

Marc Roelands, Laurence Claeys, Marc Godon, Marjan Geerts, Mohammed Ali Feki, Lieven Trappeniers

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In this chapter we present a first analysis towards the enablement of mass creativity in the Internet of Things, potentially leading to a wide range of new tangible, interactive applications that leverage the fundamental new possibilities of an emerging Web of Things. After an introduction of the socio-cultural practice of Do-it-Yourself (DiY) as apparent in society, and a discussion on what DiY can mean for the Internet of Things, we introduce a typology of how people can potentially create and customise on top of the Internet of Things. Based on that, we elaborate three concepts forming a basis for new creation paradigms in such smart spaces, potentially leading to new DiY-enabling functions in Internet of Things service creation environments: the Call-Out Internet of Things, the Smart Composables Internet of Things, and the Phenomena Internet of Things. Next to a discussion of applicable state-of-the-art for implementing parts of these concepts, we show first experimental grounding for them, as part of the ongoing exploration process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecting the Internet of Things
EditorsD. Uckelmann, M. Harrison, F. Michahelles
Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-19157-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

D. Uckelmann, M. Harrison, F. Michahelles (Eds.)


  • IoT
  • user
  • diy
  • application creation

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