Home Totem

By Peter Bihr

The Home Totem represents the owner’s privacy and sharing preferences. It also serves as a link between the home and the owner’s secure data or profile on the internet: Think dietary requirements, energy consumption profiles, records of former home ownership and the like.

Home Totem sketch

The Home Totem is a physical avatar that the owner moves from home to home: When they move in, they set down the Home Totem and the home adjusts its privacy and sharing preferences accordingly. By moving it from one connected home to another they transfer their preferences to the new home and establish residency. In a sense it is the heart of the connected home as far as the residents are concerned.

Design values: Respectful, One size does not fit all, readable