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Proceed with care: Reimagining home IoT through a care perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick TaylorORCiD



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As the internet is increasingly embedded in the everyday things in our homes, we notice a need for greater focus on the role care plays in those relationships—and therefore an opportunity to realize unseen potential in reimagining home Internet of Things (IoT). In this paper we report on our inquiry of home dwellers’ relationships to caring for their everyday things and homes (referred to as thingcare). Findings from our design ethnography reveal four thematic qualities of their relationships to thingcare: Care Spectacle, Care Liminality, Ontological Braiding, and Care Condition. Using these themes as touchstones, we co-speculated to produce four speculative IoT concepts to explore what care as a design ethic might look like for IoT and refect on nascent opportunities and challenges for domestic IoT design. We conclude by considering structures of power and privilege embedded within care practices that critically open new design imaginaries for IoT.

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Author(s): Key C, Browne F, Taylor N, Rogers J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2021

Pages: 1-15

Online publication date: 13/05/2021

Acceptance date: 20/01/2021

Date deposited: 25/10/2021

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3411764.3445602