Card, paper, electronics, and cables
11 11/16 x 16 9/16 x 27 9/16" (29.7 x 42 x 70 cm)
Homesense is a pilot program devised by the designers at Tinker London with the support of the energy company EDF and HighWire, a computing and design program at Lancaster University, UK. The program helps people develop their own smart homes, with systems that allow them to track and understand their energy usage but also to help with various tasks specific to their homes and lifestyles. The designers felt that previous attempts at smart homes, no matter how effective the technology, were too impersonal and kept users from feeling invested in the results. Homesense, by contrast, was developed with input from real households playing a part in the creation of their own devices and monitoring systems. Each household was paired with an expert who helped its members track various kinds of information and develop ideas for useful tools, such as a garbage bin that appears progressively angrier the more it is used and a device that waters plants for people too busy to do it themselves.