Defining the Digital Home

Defining the Digital Home

Anthony Nguyen
Oct 15, 2009

Now here's a problem space we can all associate with. The home. Well, let me be specific; the digital home, to be exact. We all have our definitions of what our future homes should and could look like. Unplggd would like to open this up for discussion to all our readers out there. Tell us: What's your definition of the digital home? Is it media server centric? Automation-heavy? Filled with DIY digital solutions?

Here's a quote from Miss Kai, who thoroughly enjoyed her stay over in Reykjavik, Iceland in the above pictured space above:

"Check out the cool furniture and the flatscreen tv. There was also a Mac Mini loaded with movies and speakers for our ipods. We really felt at home.

The apartment was very central-- close to the main drag but removed enough so that we didn't have to hear the very heavy partying until 5 am. Those Icelanders (and all the visitors from the UK can really party)."

For some, technology in the home ends with an entertainment system. Anything else would be considered outlandish and be labeled as a "mancave-esque." This is an unfortunate stereotype as the possibilities are becoming rather limitless as we slowly shift to a new era in ubiquitous computing. An era where OLED's are so cheap, they're pretty much embedded in everything, bedroom mirrors double as screens, and by holding clothes up to it, one can figure out if it's "hot" or "cold" wash via fabric recognition. Microsoft came up with these ideas first, by the way. Back in 2006.

And so the exploration continues. We'd love to hear some clever ideas all of you have recently undertaken or implemented to your digital homes. Better yet, share some photos of your project to our super-awesome Flickr group or tag them "Unplggd." We'll find 'em, post 'em, and you'll get plenty of feedback from your fellow home-tech lovin' readers.

[Image by Kai Wu licensed by CC]

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