Calm Technology at CyborgCamp Portland!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be bringing my speech on Calm Technology home to Portland, Oregon at CyborgCamp this year. I’ve taken it on the road for 3 years, and I’m excited to kick off the morning’s events with a 20 minute talk on human time, machine time, culture and automation.

Designing Calm Technology
Our world is made of information that competes for our attention. What is needed? What is not? We cannot interact with our everyday life in the same way we interact with a desktop computer. The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating. Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary.

How can our devices take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of get in the way? How can designers can make apps “ambient” while respecting privacy and security? This talk will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

You can learn more about Calm Technology at

Amber Case by OLMO CALVO for El Mundo and TELOS.

Calm Technology author and CyborgCamp founder Amber Case by OLMO CALVO for El Mundo and TELOS.