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Seeing behind closed doors

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Original languageEnglish
Pages192
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014
EventRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014: 'The co-productions of data-based living (1): Mediated life: technologies, affect, routine' - Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Aug 201430 Aug 2014

Conference

ConferenceRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014: 'The co-productions of data-based living (1): Mediated life: technologies, affect, routine'
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period27/08/1430/08/14

Abstract

This paper reflects on the reconstruction of the family home as it becomes reconstituted through the addition of data that is streamed from smart objects. Living in an environment that is equipped with an Internet of Things involves the placement of multiple sensors that record change 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.
Through reviewing the imprint of their family, in the data gathered over time, occupants find that they are not only able to identify their routines, but also single out the routines of individual family members. This paper explores an author’s personal experience as he became aware of the activities of his partner, son and daughter. An awareness that offered insights that were previously forgotten such as the toilet habits of children who were once dependent on him to change nappies and supervise toilet training. These intimate endeavours are now revealed in patterns within data sets. The authors will explore the implications of a ubiquitous domestic vision, as personal routines and habits that were previously hidden behind doors and walls become visible.
The paper will reflect upon the initial findings of the Hub of All Things (HAT) project that involves the collection of domestic behaviours through sensors on objects in homes to uncover insights of into patterns of use and consumption.

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