Taking Sherlock to Product

We are excited to announce that Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is in the product phase. This means that we are wrapping up a 2 plus year global collaborative storytelling experiment.  We are currently finalizing a Sherlock IoT kit that is designed to…

  • Augment creativity and encourage collaborative storytelling
  • Share methodology and process
  • Present a case study of our collective findings

The target release date is later this fall to time with our unveiling of the kit at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

The following is a look at the project to date…

Story Thinking: how Sherlock Holmes can help us understand and embrace emergent technologies

In the fall of 2014, we launched an ambitious collaborative storytelling experiment with an impromptu gathering of storytellers, game designers, makers and hackers. Initially it all started with a simple mashup of two things that ignited our imaginations — “Sherlock Holmes” & “the Internet of Things.” At that point in time a large number of works by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, had just entered the public domain. Meanwhile the buzz of IoT, with its promise of everything rapidly connecting to the cloud, had experienced numerous fits and starts. However, Google’s acquisition of Nest (a smart thermostat company) for $3.2 billion in cash put IoT front and center in 2014. Overtime Nest would come crashing back to earth as changes in leadership and struggles to evolve within Google continue to prove difficult for both companies. The Internet of Things like many emergent technologies struggles to find meaning within the marketplace. While IoT points to a strange Harry Potterfication of the world where everyday objects take on seemingly magical powers, it is difficult for us to fully understand how the technology can bring true value to our lives.