I design physical products with digital capabilities. Accordingly I am constantly navigating the boundaries of perception for both human & machine. We build in our own image, and so we should understand the parallels between how people and devices operate in the classical robots paradigm of Sense / Plan / Act.
I am an engineer by formal training and a designer by experience and disposition. So I tend to start analytical and then move into the intuitive. Accordingly I set out to understand the robotic mantra of Sense Plan Act with by exhaustively exploring what that means for both our biological structures and engineered devices.
To wit, I started compiling a spreadsheet that covers every human and machine I/O that I could conceivably utilize in designing products and experiences. Every human sensor in the nervous system. Every category of miniaturizable digital sensor. Every means for a electronic or electromechanical device to do something perceptible.
Clearly this requires painting with broad strokes, but I strive for clarity and specificity where possible.
The work-in-progress list can be found in this Google Doc spreadsheet. Comments and suggestions for additions are welcome.
We have great responsibilities as shapers of usable technology, let us use these powers for good. Build well and be well.