INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND WAYS OF LIFE. Lawrence Green and Ian Miles, PREST. Consumption, Demand and Consumer Products are often neglected in Innovation Studies and Social Analysis more generally. but. Objective of economic activity (?)
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND WAYS OF LIFE
Lawrence Green and Ian Miles, PREST
“Consumers” are not just passive:
Data from EURESCOM surveys: see www.eurescom.de
Core Industrial employment/Technology Applications organisation
Econ. of Scale
Core Industrialemployment/Technology Applicationsorganisation
Technology Applications Consumption
Ways of Life
of Costs &
Mid C20th TECH
of labour in
*New use of
ICE, guidance, performance,
mobile comms, controls...
processing microelectronics etc.
security, health (microwave)
computers, videogames, multimedia
VCRs, camcorders, synthesisers,
remote controls, CDs, HDTV
answering machines, mobile comms
...including the latest ERS-220. The only truly autonomous robot commercially available, AIBO learns
and adapts according to the environment around it, and the
way you interact with it. ... 64 Bit RISC Processor, 100,000 pixel CMOS image sensor, stereo microphones and miniature speakers… the latest in home entertainment…. futuristic looking... Additional lights & LEDs, including a retractable headlight which
illuminates when it enters 'Boost Mode’… And the fun doesn't stop there! Sony has just launched a new
version of Master Studio (Version 1.1) - the programme which allows you to create your own actions and behaviours for your AIBO. http://www.eu.aibo.com
VCR Radio Tuner CD Cassette
Speakers Cameras Displays
Formal Work, Games
white goods, cleaners
Alarms, medical sensors
heat, light, ventilation
Voice, broadcast, displays
keyboards - inputs
electricity, gas, water
With select placement of video cameras throughout your house, you can monitor your baby's room as well as any entrance to your home via any television
Sleep the night away peacefully knowing that your family is safe and that you have a home that works for you. Now, with the touch of a button at your bedside, you can turn on all the lights in your house at the first sign of a disturbance.
Make a clean sweep of house work with a centralized vacuum system. You simply insert a lightweight hose into a conveniently located inlet valve and you're ready to go. Valves can be placed in each room and on each floor, anywhere you choose..
With electronic controls, you can enjoy maximum comfort in your home, while still maintaining efficiency. You can even set your heating and cooling system to "away" and "at home" tempatures.
Whether you have a small home office, or your entire home is your office, SMART HOUSE can give you access to the world. We can even create an in-home local area network (LAN), connecting you to other computers throughout the house. Just plug in your fax, modem and telephone, and you're ready to start communicating around the world or around the corner.
Programmable lighting controls allow you to program your system for an "away" mode that can protect your home when you're away on vacation. Lights will go on and off in keeping with your daily routine, confusing potential prowlers as to whether you're at home or away.
Imagine being able to listen to your favorite music or watch a great video anywhere in your home. Start out in the media room with surround sound. Then move to the kitchen. Then the master bedroom. Anywhere you go in your home, you can enjoy music and video, whether you have cable or direct TV.
Types of Household Activity
Formal (paid) work
Informal (domestic) work
Informal (out-of-home) work
Technological Change “Heartland” and Applications
Organisational Change in Public Services and Employing Bodies
Social and Political Change
% of adopters
Early adoption take-of maturity