In this project, I learned about studying abstract phenomena by using design for research. We elaborated on the side effects and the convenience of smart home products in the context of future everyday life. Our hypothesis was that there is an inevitable relationship between time and convenience when it comes to smart home products which was tested by means of Timcon. Timcon is a research artefact that replaces a regular light switch with a box that forces users to scan cards to turn on the light. Using the cards is either convenient, or time consuming. The results indicated that users won’t wait until a product is done fulfilling its task if this waiting time can be used effectively otherwise. Therefore, we concluded that smart home products succeed to save us time, but do increase our pace at the same time. Only if people change their planning and use of time, designers might be able to design products that are not necessarily faster but do increase convenience in some way.

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