Smart houses that are not so smart and then should be smart in another way
"The Reconfigurable House is an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be "rewired" by visitors. The project is a critique of ubiquitous computing "smart homes", which are based on the idea that technology should be invisible to prevent DIY. 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.
In contrast to such homes, which are not able to adapt structurally over time, the many sensors and actuators of Reconfigurable House can be reconnected endlessly as people change their minds so that the House can take on completely new behaviours. (...) And if the House is left alone for too long, it gets bored, daydreams and reconfigures itself.... "
Why do I blog this? because I like both the project and the underlying ideas that support it. The concept of intelligent "smart environments" often gave me the creeps for various reasons, maybe because of my background in psychology.
Lots of material on the website + videos.