I read the Master’s Thesis of Broms about the “Awareness Aspects of the RemoteHome” and some of the cited papers. This helped me to move forward from “that would be cool” to “this could be interesting”. There has been done a lot more research into this topic than I had previously thought. And although I was first disappointed that something similar to my ‘scenario 5’ (visualizing presence) has already been done, I could also benefit from this and not make their ‘mistakes’ again. Or I could put more time in the design, which is according to Strong&Gaver very important. They emphasize the importance of design in awareness representations for homes. And I still want to make it ‘open’ so that everyone can create their own and easily adjust it to their needs. Something that was unthinkable five years ago. While they needed expensive workstation computers or laptops we can use cheap Arduino and get the same results. Broms also says that
“One could imagine some sort of modified network hub connected directly to an Internet connection. Each node, a furniture, would connect to the hub over a wireless connection so that they would be easy to move around. If the RemoteHome where to be developed into a commercial product this would be a very plausible and realistic technical solution for sure. “
… and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do the last month.