My Master’s thesis on “The Making of Smart Homes: From Imagination to Infrastructure” discusses smart home technologies entering our homes and the opportunities they bring along with the challenges they face. To understand this deeper, I examine historically existing electrical home infrastructures, the various scales they were introduced on and the impact they have had on house hold. I also examine the evolution and imagination of smart homes from research labs and science fiction and the lessons smart home development can learn from current challenges, media theories of infrastructure, sociological theory of everyday life and from the world of  human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing.

To make it more readable instead of a 72 page document, I have broken it down into smaller parts more easily swallowed.

  1. Introduction
  2.  Smart Home Underpinnings
    1. Origins and Fantasies of Smart Homes
    2. Sites of IoT
    3. Meaning of Smart Home
  3. Homes and Infrastructure
    1. Smart Home Devices and Infrastructure
    2. Infrastructures of the Home
      1. Macro Scale – Companies and Political Bodies
      2. Micro Scale – Households/Individuals
      3. Meso Scale  – Media Outlets and Regulatory Bodies
  4. Smart Home, Today
    1. The Business of Smart Homes
    2. The Development of Smart Homes
    3. Popular Imagination of Smart Homes
    4. The Smart Home Owner
    5. Schema of a Smart Home
    6. Living in a Smart Home
  5. Smart Home and Infrastructure
    1. High Tech to Infrastructure
    2. Smart Homes as Infrastructure
    3. Infrastructural Legacies
    4. Critical Infrastructure Studies
  6. Smart Homes and Everyday Life
    1. IoT and Ubicomp
    2. Ubicomp and Everyday Life
    3. Lessons from Everyday Life
      1. Control by People, Over Objects
      2. Context in Smart Homes
      3. Ubicomp, Power and Everyday Life
  7. Conclusion