A smarthome concept that wasn't absolute hell: the mid-80s Soviet SPHINX project, based on the idea that there would be a central, modular PC and appliances in the house like the TV would connect to it via the LAN. Everything was designed to be easily-expandable or pared-down as needed. It was purely conceptual but the props looked cool as hell.

"Modular" was a big thing in '80s-era Soviet design, in both concept designs like this and things like urban planning.Too bad that all was cut short, because they were doing some very interesting things that would be much more functional than the consumerist approaches.

The All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Technical Aesthetics produced some great concepts for modular components made out of recycled material, that snapped together to assemble things like kiosks and booths.

@Zero_Democracy that keyboard looks both beautiful and a pain to use :blobowo:

@polychrome Yeah I'd definitely swap a big chunky IBM board in there. Concept designers all seem to like awful keyboards.

@Zero_Democracy @polychrome Keyboards have been solved well enough it's hard to look future while also looking capable of use.

Maybe some of those split tilt-ergo'd ones?

@Zero_Democracy i can see that they also had issues with making microwave controls intelligible 🙃

@Zero_Democracy I Can't Believe Dieter Rams Didn't Make This!™️

@Zero_Democracy wow check out that new Ono-Sendai deck! it has 512KB of core and a Yutani satellite modem built in! you could crack launch codes from here to Haiti!

@Zero_Democracy i dont particularly like nor care for the soviet union but ill give them one thing: aesthetically they made some cool tech

Wow, that keyboard looks an awful lot like some in older sci-fi anime, GitS and the like.

This is incredible 😱😱😱😱😱

@Zero_Democracy damn those designs are cool! Those diskette drives especially intrigue me. Also didn't know they had flatscreens like that in the 80's!

@starseeker They did't, it was a concept design. The thing that's intresting is mostly all the devices acting as consoles and controls, and being modular.

@Zero_Democracy Those are the least comfortable headphones I've seen in my life, and I want them

@BestGirlGrace The headphones are the weak point by a mile, but I'd happily eat shit there for a cohesive LAN instead of scuzzy IoT digital snitch bullshit.

@BestGirlGrace The thing that really gets me is a PC being a server, minus the Chromecast bullshit.

@Zero_Democracy Actual, good P2P networking with just phone lines? Rad as hell. Slowly moving to ethernet and wireless as tech improves, because it's modular.

@Zero_Democracy I love that phone design. Would make more sense to me though to put the dial pad to the front maybe?
Also is the first image mirrored? With the phone being on the left?

@Zero_Democracy "yeah hold on i'm just trying to VPN into my phone back home, just a sec"

@Zero_Democracy hey can we build this? We can build this, right?
I think I'm about halfways or more to having this in my home. I just hadn't seen the proper design idea before. Who has a 3D printer? We need to for raspberry pies in these.

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