Co-Designing Sensor Disruptors With Children

As part of our HDI Network funded research with children, we have been running a series of creative workshops to investigate children’s attitudes towards the sensors in common smart devices.

The workshops have included a series of activities which allow children to explore their relationship with smart devices using creative and artistic methods. These include imagining the secret inner-space of their devices, and designing speculative tools and inventions which allow them to deceive the sensors embedded inside the devices.

Below is an example of a speculative device designed to block the sensors on a child’s smart watch. More details about the project and the outcomes will be published soon.

A child's sketch of their invention for a device which blocks the sensors inside a smart watch.
A child holding a model they've created of a smart phone sensor blocker
an animated render of speculative smart watch blocker