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ICC, Tokyo
the Reconfigurable House is an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be "reconfigured" by its occupants. Any sensor/actuator can be connected to any other sensor/actuator: it's the occupants of the house who determine the systems that run inside it. Constructed at ICC in Tokyo and open to the public until March 2008, the project is a challenge to ubiquitous computing "smart homes", which are based on the idea that technology should be invisible to prevent DIY. Smart homes actually aren't very smart simply beacause they are pre-wired according to algoritmhs and decisions made by designers of the systems rather than the people who occupy the houses.