Taking control of the connected home.

 

The Wayback Machine is a prototype product which carefully controls the availability of technologies and services within a connected home.

 

Connected homes are becoming increasingly autonomous and can make decisions of increasing importance on our behalf, for example who to let in the front door or when to stream cctv cameras. With more and more reliance on programmed behaviours, AI and machine learning, how can we take back control of our own homes on our terms.

 

Once a technology is widely used, we rarely stop to question the way it is affecting our lives and whether this is for better or worse. The Wayback Machine has a rotary dial on the front that allows you to wind back time and turn off digital services and connections. Services and particular signals would be turned off through a combination of jamming technology and filtering web addresses.

 

The prototype was created during the 2016 Mozilla Open IoT Design Sprint in collaboration with Peter Bihr, Rachel Uwa and Vladen Joler. Photo credit Peter Bihr.

 

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Martin Skelly

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