How to Do Things with Sensors

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Jennifer Gabrys

Sensors are increasingly common within citizen-sensing and DIY projects, but these devices often require the use of a how-to guide. From online instructional videos for troubleshooting sensor installations to handbooks for using and abusing the Internet of Things, the how-to genres and formats of digital instruction continue to expand and develop. As the how-to proliferates, and instructions unfold through multiple aspects of technoscientific practices, Jennifer Gabrys asks why the how-to has become one of the prevailing genres of the digital. How to Do Things with Sensors explores the ways in which things are made do-able with and through sensors and further considers how worlds are made sense-able and actionable through the instructional mode of citizen-sensing projects.

Background photo by Louis Reed on Unsplash.

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    The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement no. 313347, “Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice: Assessing Participatory Engagements with Environments through Sensor Technologies.”

    How to Do Things with Sensors by Jennifer Gabrys is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
  • edition
    1
  • isbn
    978-1-4529-6409-6
  • issn
    2373-5074
  • publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
  • publisher place
    Minneapolis, MN
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    Please see the Creative Commons website for details about the restrictions associated with the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.
  • rights holder
    Jennifer Gabrys
  • rights territory
    World
  • series number
    34
  • series title
  • version
    1.0
  • doi