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Humanizing IoT

How we use and communicate with IoT devices in our daily lives

Photo of Naylee Nagda
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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This is a quick sketch which I scanned. People normally think of IoT as something in the "air" like a web browser, an email address, or a social media feed when in reality IoT devices can be embedded into our daily and normal lives. This concept aims to make IoT more real and represent how we may already be communicating with IoT devices. Furthermore, I chose to sketch IoT devices in one's house to help reverse the stigma that IoT devices are always like an “invasive evil species” and show how IoT devices help us in our daily lives. If I was to take this further, I would make this sketch digital using a tablet on procreate or illustrator. I would also like to talk to an expert to ensure that my sketch is accurate and factual.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

When researching on images, most of the images on the internet were diagrams that did not show the human connection or interaction in the field of cybersecurity. Therefore it made terms like IoT feel like it was too complicated and beyond our reach. As a result, in my sketch I chose to place an image that we all identify; hands on the phone. So if I was to go further, I would explore sketches in other opportunity areas that show human actions that we can identify with

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I am a design researcher who draws in her free time!

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I am a design researcher with a fine arts background who has an interest in tech! I love using my design skill to communicate ideas or concepts


What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a visual design undergraduate student.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

Location: City

Portland, Oregon, United States

Location: State / District

Portland, Oregon

Location: Country

  • United States of America


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Photo of Jen Zariat

I like the way you made the IOT objects anthropomorphized with the speech bubbles and the pops of color. It works really well together to make this a very clear image. :)

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