Is the smart home designed for men?

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We’ve been busy analysing magazine and online articles this year on the ’21st Century smart home’ to understand what visions and ideas are being promoted. One thing we didn’t expect was some of the ways in which this vision is gendered.

This week we’ve been in Cairns at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference discussing how the smart home is promoted to men.

We wrote about our research here: https://theconversation.com/smart-homes-promise-to-end-the-wife-drought-but-where-do-women-fit-in-50976

And talked about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rnafternoons/smart-homes-for-whom/6977600

We are still looking for households to talk to us about their experiences living in a smart home or using automated appliances. If you’re interested, please get in touch!