The innovation paths of the "Habita(n)ts Connected" expedition

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What are digital technologies transforming to the ways of living, to the habitat, to what's inside? What new issues do they raise? What new opportunities? How can we be actors and succeed in making the inhabitant more and more in control of his home, and himself a creator of services? These are the questions that have been explored in greater depth in the framework of the "Connected Inhabitants" expedition by the Fing's partner group.

The "smart habitat" has arrived but it's not the one we expected.

connected2With more than nine digital devices per household, and digital uses extended to all areas of activity in the home, there is no longer any doubt that the home and its inhabitants are "connected". However, our connected homes hardly resemble those imagined ten years earlier, full of sensors or automatic systems. They are full of equipment dedicated to leisure, games, communication and semi-leisure activities, which sometimes malfunction, break down or accumulate... New problems arise, new embarrassments... new functional and service needs for which answers must be found.

Accompanied by the VIA, the Promotelec federation, the Renault group, the La Poste group, the Minatec laboratory of the CEA, the CNR Santé à domicile, the Rennes ESIR engineering school, a collaborative work of reflection and creativity was carried out from January 2011 to January 2012.

Four areas of exploration have been identified, and some fifteen specific areas of innovation have been developed in the form of small video scenarios proposing actions in terms of infrastructures, services, pivot objects and mediation.

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Here are all the results of the "Connected Inhabitants" expedition:

 

The four exploration territories
1 – Track 1 - Moving to a connected home
Digital technology is transforming the way people use their homes, and thus has an impact on buildings and their infrastructure. Local network, physical and digital storage space and collective sharing space, data warehouse... The surface area in square meters is no longer enough to attract inhabitants. Homes must be equipped with new technical equipment and adapted mediation services. See the video in French : http://vimeo.com/36139407

2 - Track 2 - Feeling at home / Home sweet home

To take possession of a new habitat is to appropriate it in its physical and digital dimension. In order to feel "at home" multiple strategies are implemented by the inhabitants. And new services are offered by providers. See the video in French : http://vimeo.com/36139512
 
3 - Track 3 - The home as a hub, departure base, arrival point

The home is constantly crossed by incoming and outgoing flows: of people, objects and goods, communications, content, etc. Coordinating all the flows and reducing the demands is a real challenge, which requires appropriate tools. See the video in French :  http://vimeo.com/37729668

4 - Track 4 - The enlightened inhabitant

Each piece of equipment has its own operating logic, generates its own traces of use that the service operator recovers. It is time to provide residents with applications that give them back control of their technological environment and give them back the information that concerns them. See the video in French : http://vimeo.com/36140125

5 - Track 5 - My home, my neighbourhood, my city, my planet 

From their connected home, the inhabitants multiply the links and exchanges in proximity, the activities within the home: they rent, buy, sell, tinker, exchange, work, and engage in leisure activities. The home once again becomes a production unit, and the inhabitants regain their autonomy from service providers. See the video in French : http://vimeo.com/37653398

(Source : Fing 2012)

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