“New Domestic Locations: Reconfiguring the home through the Internet of Things” presented by Barker and Speed


Session Title:

  • Education/Media (Papers)

Presentation Title:

  • New Domestic Locations: Reconfiguring the home through the Internet of Things




  • This paper reflects on the reconstruction of the home as it becomes filtered through that data that is streamed from smart objects. Retrofitting a home for The Internet of Things involves the placement of multiple sensors that record changes in conditions in order to construct a simulacrum of the actual house from which to analyse and form understandings of behaviour and in turn opportunities for connection. This domestic data shadow (as it might be called) is not just a record of one inhabitants activities within the house, but the sum of all of the activities of all parties. The single routines that constituted patterns of behaviour of personal habit and ownership become mixed in a single database that, without individual signatures, are lost and the house loses it’s cognitive architectures. The paper will explore the implications upon the occupants sense of location as their model of home become reconfigured through the lens of a database. The paper will draw upon findings of the Hub of All Things (HAT) project funded by the Research Council’s UK Digital Economy Programme. Launched in June 2013, HAT will create the first ever Multi‑sided Market Technology Platform for the home, allowing individuals to trade their personal data for personalised products and services in the future. By collecting information through sensors on objects in their homes and integrating it with other personal data, the project will uncover insights of unprecedented depth and breadth into how we live our lives in relation to the experience of things and people around us.

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