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Connect Up Finalist: Neighbornet’s Building-Based Social Network

Jawbone and PSFK showcase finalists in the Connect Up home design competition.

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PSFK Labs on September 15, 2013. @psfk

As part of PSFK & Jawbone‘s  Connect Up design competition, we asked hackers, designers and developers to imagine how internet-enabled products could work with each other to create seamless platforms and experiences for the home. Neighbornet by Zemoga was one of the finalists, read about the designer’s vision below and see the other finalists here.

We live in apartments we call ‘home’ but barely know who lives above, below, or even next to us. Urban dwellers have never had a good way to get to know their neighbors and as the speed of our lifestyles has accelerated, there’s even less time and opportunity. This is all the more ironic considering the fact that we live in the most social, interconnected era ever, thanks to mobile and social technology.

Neighbornet sets out to solve this by using mobile app technology to instantly create or join a dedicated building-based social portal. The purpose of the portal is to seamlessly connect building dwellers together in a positive way that encourages
relationships based on communal needs, interests, sharing, and cooperation.

Neighbornet leverages connected devices and apps to form discrete, shared connections while also establishing a building-wide neural network. Dwellers can share their music libraries on the network and can play their neighbor’s music in their own unit using the Jawbone Jambox. Building managers can connect to the network and monitor air quality and environmental factors across an entire building using the Canary Air Sensor or CubeSensors which will send data back to the network. Nest Thermostats will be placed throughout the building and will allow building management to make smarter decisions regarding building-wide temperature control. Workout buddies in the building can share their gym data using the Jawbone UP. Important alerts can be simulcast to the Smart Mirror and Fan TV with information for dwellers.

Voting has closed. Please go to the Connect Up site to see the winners.

Team members on this project: Jorge Echeverry, Juan Diego Velasco, Dave Bovenschulte

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