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Neven Mrgan on Twitter: "Actually Smart home tech: • Induction stove • Ventless 1-tub washer/dryer • Counter-depth fridge • Cordless windowshades • Pull-out cabinets"
"Actually Smart home tech:
• Induction stove
• Ventless 1-tub washer/dryer
• Counter-depth fridge
• Cordless windowshades
• Pull-out cabinets"

"Soft-close drawers"

"And timed bathroom fans!"

"Don't even get me started on toe-kick kitchen floor vacuums"

"Refrigerators with the freezer at the bottom."
technology  homes  stoves  washers  dryers  refrigerators  windowshades  cabinets  vacuums  fans  nevenmrgan  appliances 
july 2015 by robertogreco
ntlk's blog: Internet of Dependent Things
"Third-party access to my domestic appliance creates a power disparity between the manufacturer (or service owner) and me. They can use their power to generate profit in ways that didn’t exist before, forcing me to pay in ways that go beyond the purchase of the appliance itself.

I make trade-offs daily about which privacies and freedoms to give up, and in exchange for what. Some are worth it and buy me closer connection with friends, or some useful convenience; others are foisted upon me because I have to make them in order to do my work; but some just to go too far.

I resent that the meaning of an acceptable trade-off is shifting toward less privacy, less control and towards tipping the balance in favour of for-profit companies and convenience for governments who want to spy on everyone.

Maciej Cegłowski puts it way better than I can:
What upsets me isn’t that we created this centralized version of the Internet based on permanent surveillance.
What upsets me, what really gets my goat, is that we did it because it was the easiest thing to do. There was no design, forethought, or analysis involved. No one said “hey, this sounds like a great world to live in, let’s make it”. It happened because we couldn’t be bothered.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Open projects could fill in the usefulness of adding connectivity to appliances. They could open-source the design of the hardware (or instructions on how to put it together), and the software it runs on. The owner wouldn’t be reliant on the manufacturer to make improvements, or to create versions that can work with different machines, or give them access from different kinds of devices. Ultimately, they could be in control of the hardware and the software involved.

Just like I would like to see a trend towards decentralisation of the web, I would like the internet of things to become full of decentralised entities, built on the premises of freedom and empowerment, before it’s entirely normal for marketers and governments to live in my washing machine."
internet  opensource  control  internetofthings  decentralization  freedom  empowerment  connectivity  appliances  maciejceglowski  2014  surveillance  provacy  security  maciejcegłowski  iot 
april 2014 by robertogreco
Quote: Men don’t like appliances. We want things t - (37signals)
""Men don’t like appliances. We want things that can do lots of different things, that we can tweak and fiddle with, and then argue with each other about which one is better. Women aren’t like this, and because of this I have a feeling that it’s women who actually determine the eventual winners in consumer tech." — Ultimi Barbarorum on the iPad. Who knows if it’s true. But I can say this, whenever we hear praise from women on a product, it gives me more confidence that we hit the “useful” mark."
ipad  37signals  gender  women  usefulness  singlefunction  multifunction  complexity  design  apple  software  simplicity  ui  men  appliances 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The Toaster Project
""Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it." Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams, 1992" ... "I'm Thomas Thwaites and I'm trying to build a toaster, from scratch - beginning by mining the raw materials and ending with a product that Argos sells for only £3.99. A toaster. After some research I have determined that I will need the following materials to make a toaster. Copper, to make the pins of the electric plug, the cord, and internal wires. Iron to make the steel grilling apparatus, and the spring to pop up the toast. Nickel to make the heating element. Mica (a mineral a bit like slate) around which the heating element is wound, and of course plastic for the plug and cord insulation, and for the all important sleek looking casing. The first four of these materials are dug out of the ground, and plastic is derived from oil, which is generally sucked up through a hole."
design  technology  art  culture  economics  humor  diy  hardware  capitalism  manufacturing  consumption  toaster  appliances  industry  artifacts  crafts  toasters 
june 2009 by robertogreco
disassembled household appliances - a set on Flickr
"this was my senior thesis project at the hartford art school this past year...i took apart used cooking/cleaning appliances, and arranged their interior parts very systematically on a white sheet of bristol board. my intention was to explore the hidden "brains" of these appliances; allowing us to view these everyday objects from a new perspective."
photography  appliances  thewaythingswork  alookinside  deconstruction 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Bug Labs
"BUG is a new kind of device, one that's designed by you, not us. BUG is an open source, modular consumer electronics platform that makes building hardware just as easy as writing software or Web applications"
appliances  coding  components  crowdsourcing  design  devices  electronics  embedded  gadgets  future  hacking  hacks  microcontrollers  innovation  interaction  prototyping  robotics  sensors  opensource  modular  hardware  programming 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Wired News: Space Savers Ease Cramped Cribs
But after browsing Tiny Living, in which everything is collapsible, stackable, foldable or multifunctional, I start to believe that catering to the spatially challenged might not be so impractical after all.
architecture  living  space  housing  homes  simplicity  sustainability  small  design  furniture  appliances 
december 2006 by robertogreco

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