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Understanding the Connected Home: Augmentation not Automation

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This blog post is an excerpt from Understanding the Connected Home, an ongoing exploration on the implications of connectivity on our living spaces. (Show all posts on this blog.) The whole collection is available as a (free) ebook: Understanding the Connected Home: Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home

A pioneer in human-machine interfaces and a solver of unusual problems, Doug Engelbart – inventor of the computer mouse, among other things – had a mantra: augmentation not automation.

Engelbart’s work focused on the human intellect and how to improve it. Yet, his framework conceptual for augmenting the human intellect can guide our exploration of the connected home, too.

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Understanding the Connected Home: Different kinds of things

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This blog post is an excerpt from Understanding the Connected Home, an ongoing exploration on the implications of connectivity on our living spaces. The whole collection is available as a (free) ebook: Understanding the Connected Home: Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home

The home is full of things that fall into various categories: furniture, lamps, appliances, gadgets, etc. For the connected home, we might need to re-examine these categories.

Which categorization scheme might lead us to interesting insights? Let’s explore a few.

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Understanding the Connected Home: My personal data sphere

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This blog post is an excerpt from Understanding the Connected Home, an ongoing exploration on the implications of connectivity on our living spaces. The whole collection is available as a (free) ebook: Understanding the Connected Home: Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home

Through our smartphones, we have instant access to all our data. A personal cloud of data that travels with us.

But even though we know that (meta-)data about us and our whereabouts is constantly sent back to various entities – tech & advertising companies, government agencies, telcos – context-triggered data exchanges beyond the most basic level are still relatively rare. Despite all the efforts of Google Now, Siri, Cortana & co, most of the time we need to actively seek out the data/app/info we are looking for. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself, but it might change for the connected home.

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Launching TheConnectedHome.org

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Over last few weeks I’ve been publishing a series of posts around connectivity and the home (Understanding the Connected Home).

Cover: Understanding the connected homeToday we’re taking this to the next level. Michelle and I teamed up for a book sprint, and after a full week in the word mines of writing, we’re proud to present…

TheConnectedHome.org: Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home.

It’s a collection of essays – a v0.9 book so to speak – and a research pool for future work. We’ll continue to write it in the open, via Github/Gitbook and licenced under Creative Commons (by-nc), so it’s largely free to remix and re-use. It’s also a work in progress, so be gentle for now.

Feedback’s more than welcome! And if you’d like to get involved, ping one of us. Enjoy!

Click here to jump on over to TheConnectedHome.org!

Thinking about the ThingsCon ecosystem

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We just had the second edition of ThingsCon in Berlin a few weeks ago, and are still busy wrapping up lots of loose ends. We’re also getting to the point where it’s time to take a step back and look at where we stand. This is the first of (most likely) a longer series of snapshots of exploring these questions.

Before going any further, I’d like to stress that the following are just some of my personal thoughts to help me structure and keep them for later. This blog post is not a preview of what we’re currently planning, nor does it necessarily reflect the team’s thinking. The four of us – Max, Emu, Simon and I – are thinking hard about where to take ThingsCon, but we haven’t made any decisions yet, and all relevant announcements are going to happen over at ThingsCon.com (which is about to get a little relaunch, too). This, right here, is a snapshot of my mental #thingscon notepad, and nothing more.

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