Domestication of new technology in households
2008 (English)In: EASST/4S conference ¿Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
In this paper we will analyze how two energy related technologies have been domesticated in eight different households in Sweden. The first technology consists of solar collectors that are being combined with a bedrock storage system in Anneberg, a tenant-s area in Stockholm. With this system, solar energy produces both hot water and space heating. The other technology is an energy-visualizing prototype, the Power-Aware Cord, which is a redesigned power strip that glows with different intensities depending on the amount of electricity passing through it. Through interviews with households in Anneberg we found that they had different way to approach the special designed heating system. We categorised the households according to their main interest in the technology; economical, environmental or technological interests. We then use this categorisation to discuss how the prototype, the Power Aware Cord, was domesticated in
the households. The area of interest concerning technology does influence the way people adopted and perceived new technology. The technologically interested households had easier to adopt and accept technology and show a large willingness to interact-and experiment with the technology. Using design to make it easier to understand a technology did not fit them as method. The ecological households approached technology in an accepting way but they did not interact with it, but left that to the experts. The economical interested household was most critical to the non-function of the heating system. That household did not relate the Power Aware Cord to the possibilities to reduce energy expenses, which on the other hand no other household did either.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Energy, domestication, technology, household
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42984Local ID: 70519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42984DiVA: diva2:263841