Living with the Internet of Things

Explore how the Internet of Things is affecting our lives, and how it will influence our futures - at home, at work and in our environment.

When: 8-9 February 12:00-18:00 drop in free event

Location: Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, Level 5, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG


PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub, is holding an event to showcase a number of its research projects in the Tate Exchange. This will be a drop-in event over 2 days which is free and open to the public. Throughout the 2 days will be 10-minute talks from researchers across the projects including one by our own Professor Chris Speed who will talk about “The Art of Things” at 13:00 on Saturday the 9th of February (no booking required).

Design Informatics will be showing two pieces as part of the event- GeoPact and Karma Kettles.



GeoPact has been developed to explore new urban transport and delivery solutions. The system collects and verifies location data from smart objects with certainty and security, unlocking its potential for everyday use. Smart contracts help us harness this data, linking it to real-life transactions, with a variety of possible applications. It could help governments measure and prove carbon reduction targets, enable drivers to prove a record of safe driving for insurance purposes or even let you know for sure when an important package has been left on your doorstep.

GeoPact presents a vision of the future that explores a fusion of location-based IoT and ledger technology. Focusing specifically on verifying the location of smart objects and vehicles, we consider futuristic new models of consumption and essential low carbon transport solutions. Demos of the system will be shown at the Tate and a follow up workshop involving electric scooters will take place in Edinburgh on the 12thand 13thof March, more information on that event here- https://www.designinformatics.org/event/geopact-demonstration/


Karma Kettles

The Karma Kettle considers the expansion of distributed systems as a way to support more flexible energy infrastructures. In contrast to centralised national grids, distributed systems require lower initial investment, which allows for smaller enterprises to produce and sell energy in a free market economy.

The Karma Kettle simulates a context of distributed energy generation where domestic batteries contribute to store part of the energy available in the grid, ultimately helping to balance on and off-peak times and prices. The kettle displays states of scarcity and abundance of energy in the grid and in the storage grid and rewards users for pulling or pushing energy into the grid according to the state of the grid contributing to their energy “karma”. For example, if energy is highly available in the grid and in storage, users are encouraged to use it, this way, using energy would contribute to a positive karma. If energy is scarce in the grid and in storage, users are encouraged to push stored energy into the network. In this case, using would contribute to a negative karma. The project attempts to investigate the potential for IoT devices to support end consumer energy trade and bottom-up energy generation.

At TATE the Karma Kettles will be presented as a game where two participants compete or collaborate with each other in order to balance the grid according to (or despite of) challenges encountered in the period of 24-hours.



More Information on the other projects and talks at Tate Exchange here- https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/living-internet-things

PETRAS is funded by the EPSRC and DCMS and comprises of researchers from 11 UK universities: UCL, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, University of Bristol and Newcastle University. https://www.petrashub.org


Tate Exchange, Blavatnik Building, Level 5, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG