house-Wi-Fi-zation
for the Internet of Things



a design research thesis by

Stephanie Cedeño





housewifization
  1. The process of which the division of labor has relegated women to the role of housewife.

house-Wi-Fi-zation
  1. A semiotic and speculative process that uses the division of labor in household tasks to interrogate gender stereotypes for Internet of Things maintenance; reframing conventions of smart home upkeep impacts the physical and digital labor involved, from cleaning up the tiniest dust particles to caring for the entire IoT system.
  2. A design research investigation in the form of a suite of objects (see INDEX) examining the maintenance tasks associated with a home where the future of the Internet of Things is manifested and proliferated as smart dust ultimately proposing new gestures for interaction design.

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