We’re testing a few things with this prototype: how people respond to sensors in their home; what kinds of notifications help people make decisions; what are the benefits to running services locally. But the most important is about testing different ways of sharing data.
We think the Home Monitor could use rich local datasets to help people understand their homes better. We also think it could contribute to those datasets, using a data licence to share environmental data – with the owner's consent.
Doing that would help turn a ‘smart home’ into part of a local community. The data has the potential to be a powerful catalyst for change and togetherness. We want to understand how people feel about that.