Superflux Video for ThingTank
Uninvited Guests is a short film that explores the frictions between an elderly man and his smart home.
Thomas, aged 70, lives on his own after his wife died last year. His children send him smart devices to track and monitor his diet, health and sleep from a distance. But Thomas has always been fiercely independent, happy to live in an organised mess. He struggles with the order and rules imposed on him by the objects that are meant to make his life easier. In a world where ’smart objects’ will increasingly be used to provide care at a distance, how will we live with these uninvited guests?
This film was created by Superflux Lab for the ThingTank project. For further information visit: superflux.in/work/uninvited-guests
ThingTank is an Internet of Things research project that aims to inspire design, fabrication and business development. ThingTank is 2.5 million project by the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), the Centre for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the Active Intelligence Group at the University of Electro-Communications (Japan) and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA).