Friends at TinkerLondon, EDF R&D and Highwire teamed up for a challenging project: asking people to develop their own Smart Home, by teachng them how to do it.
Anyone can apply. No technological background needed. Just curiosity (as always). Deadline is approaching (1st July)-
Smart Homes have generally been more successful in concept than practice. The problem is not one of technology but of design – smart homes aren’t made by the people who will actually live in them, but by designers in R&D departments who have specific ideas about how they should be lived in, with rigid technology infrastructure and use scenarios. But home environments have multiple users living in them who bring different experiences and concepts of knowledge of the social, cultural and emotion context of the place that they live in.
People have the chance to change their way of thinking the home concept:
In September 2010 six households across Europe will have the opportunity to build their own smart home based on their decisions, their choices and their lifestyles. If you’re interested in finding out new things about the way that you live in your home and having a bunch of shiny new technologies to help you do this, we’d love to hear from you.
All sizes and types of households are welcome, from village cottages to suburban semis to houseboats to mansions; spouses and partners and children and flatmates and pets are all welcome.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you’ve had with technology before – all that counts is that you’re enthusiastic about taking part! Tinker will provide initial training, and you’ll work with a local expert where you live to provide support throughout the experience.
What are you waiting for?
Details of signing up as a household are here.
Details of joining us as an expert are here.