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
As anyone who’s lived in a shared household can attest, there will be objects that you share with others.
Be it the TV remote, a book, the dining room table, or even the dishes, the connected home will not doubt be filled with objects that will be used by multiple people, sometimes simultaneously and sometimes even without the owner’s permission.
On the whole, you find wealth much more in use than in ownership. — Aristotle
Rival vs. non-rival goods
What will these shared, connected objects be like? What characteristics will define them?