It was great to meet Georg Trogemann, who is professor for audiovisuell art and computer science at the
We had an interesting discussion on how to most effectively involve users in the design process of novel products. In particular when we expect that technology drives innovation and when future user needs are to be anticipated. I reported from our very positive experience with technology probes (article at IEEE Percom). To me it is central to involve users from the very beginning and throughout all stages of a project and at the same time allow technology to drive innovation beyond current users’ needs.
We had much too little time to see all the interesting projects that are going on there so we have to go back there ;-) the lab and setup in Cologne reminded me of Bill Gaver's group at RCA (when we worked together in Equator some year ago).