Following recent communication with Adam Somlai-Fischer at Zuiprezi, who I hope can get to talk at the be2camp event in October, I took a look at the Reconfigurable House, a concept environment developed by Adam constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be “rewired” by visitors.
So far so good, but reconfigurations can be made endlessly as people change their minds, so that the House can take on completely new behaviours.
Smart homes actually aren’t very smart simply because they are pre-wired according to algorithms and decisions made by designers of the systems, rather than the people who occupy the houses.
so the user gets to configure the usability level, excellent, but:
if the House is left alone for too long, it gets bored, daydreams and reconfigures itself….
The Reconfigurable House is open source, registered through Creative Commons which seems to allow you to download the code and create your very own reconfigurable home, or upload your own configurable devices into the house suite.
Arguments as to who has control of the remote may take on a whole new dimension.