In Defense of Buttons and Knobs 


Solo | Spring 2019, Royal College of Art

In Defense of Buttons and Knobs is a project giving control, personalisation, and privacy back to the individual in the rapidly arriving age of the smart home. The project centers around a robotic arm which actuates buttons and knobs within the home on programmable command. Through machine learning, the individual sets a sound or gesture that will activate the arm to actuate something within its reach. For example, if the device sat near your door and one day you left your keys at home, a secret knock could communicate to the device to unlock the door for you.

The arm presents a change in the way we understand human-machine interaction and allows people to make their home smart without replacing anything. The project is a work in progress and will be posted in July 2019.