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DOMESTIC CLOUD


ABSTRACT

A RECENT STUDY BY MICROSOFT RESEARCH AND THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, “THE DATA FURNACE,” ARGUES THAT SERVERS CAN BE INSTALLED IN HOMES AND OFFICES TO BE USED AS A PRIMARY HEAT SOURCE FOR THE SPACE. DOING SO, THEIR REPORT CLAIMS, WILL RESULT IN THREE MAJOR ADVANTAGES: 1. LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT 2. REDUCE THE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP PER SERVER 3. DATA LIVES IN A CLOSER PROXIMITY TO THE USER.

IN A FUTURE SCENARIO IN WHICH THE CLOUD IS ALMOST FULL, HOW CAN USERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SERVER’S HEAT TO MAXIMIZE THEIR PERSONAL DATASTORAGE SPACE? “DOMESTIC CLOUD” IS A SERIES OF PRODUCTS EXPLORING THE RAMIFICATIONS OF LIMITED DATA-SPACE ON THE DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HARNESS THE HEAT OF OUR PERSONAL DATA TO SUPPORT EVERYDAY TASKS AND ROUTINES SUCH AS FRYING AN EGG OR DRYING OUR CLOTHES? JUST AS OUR CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION HAS INSPIRED INNOVATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT “GREEN” DOMESTIC PRODUCTS, WILL A FUTURE NEED IN DATA-SUSTAINABILITY YIELD SUCH ENTREPRENEURIAL ENDEAVORS?


SERVER RACK

HOT AISLE

COOL AISLE

TIP 90 DEGREES

RAPID DATA TRANSFER

SERVER SHELVES

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BOILING AN EGG ON SERVER-BASED HEAT


STOVE HOT AISLE

SERVER RACK

COOL AISLE

158 F


ORIGINAL SCHEMATIC / PROCESS SKETCH


FURTHER EXPLORATION THE FOLLOWING IS A SERIES OF COLLAGE-BASED EXPLORATIONS INTO THE POTENTIAL OF HARNESSING SERVER-BASED HEAT TO ALLOW HOME APPLICANCES AND DOMESTIC PRODUCTS TO SUCCESSFULLY OPERATE.


TOASTER


STOVE / OVEN


FIRE PLACE


MICRO-WAVE


BARBECUE


FOOT WARMER


DRYING MACHINE


ELECTRIC BLANKET


CRIB


CLOSING QUESTIONS WHAT ARE THE CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE “DOMESTIC CLOUD” PRODUCT LINE? HOW MIGHT PRODUCTS LIKE THESE CHANGE A FAMILY’S DAILY ROUTINE? PERHAPS THE “SMART HOME” IS NOT ONE OF LUXURY, BUT ONE OF PRACTICALLITY AND NECESSITY. WHAT KINDS OF BUSINESSES AND / OR PRODUCTS CAN SPAWN FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE OF A SMART HOME’S ROLE IN SOCIETY?


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