Non-Stereotypical Homes: Engaging Alternative Visions of the Internet of Things


This is a new project in collaboration with UW Design students. We started in October 2017 and will keep updating this page with news about our process.



Non-Stereotypical Homes: Engaging Alternative Visions of the Internet of things is about extending beyond and breaking current stereotypical views of home automation and Internet of Things products. Smart and connected products and concepts for the home are often designed for and positioned in a nuclear single family home, a stereotypical view of family life and of what a home is. This is problematic because interactive products are often designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion and ignores the nuanced, social, complex, and often messy nature of homes. Diverse housing situations include for example: people that have more than one place they call home (e.g. kids alternating between divorced parents’ houses), college students living in large shared housing, people that create a sense of home in temporary spaces (e.g. hotel rooms or AirBnB rentals), or people that balance between a city home and recreational places like cabins, tents, or vacation homes.

The main research question is: How can temporary and alternative ways of living inspire more meaningful ways of designing interactive and connected products for the home?