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Designing and evaluating smart domestic technologies which use infrequent interaction

Bonner, John V.H., Li, Andol X and Robinson, Jo (2009) Designing and evaluating smart domestic technologies which use infrequent interaction. In: The 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, 11-14 May 2009, Nara, Japan. (Unpublished)

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    In the last decade research into ubiquitous computing has begun to examine the
    home environment both commercially and academically such as MIT, Samsung and
    Microsoft [Taylor et al 2007] although, as yet, smart homes have yet to move into
    significant reality [Davidoff et al, 2006b] due to old housing stock [Edwards &
    Grinter, 2001] which will require these new technologies to be integrated into a wide
    variety of legacy environments [Tolmi, 2007]. One of the reasons why the home has
    become important is simply due to the number of household computer-based systems
    available [Wray, 2007] making it a commercially valid exercise [Hindus, 1999] todate
    this has been primarily driven by technical innovation with user needs considered
    as a secondary issue [Hemmings et al. 2002; Haines et al. 2007]. However, domestic
    situations do not have the same focus on efficiency nor the same sense of shared
    objective as found in the workplace [Crabtree & Rodden, 2004] and must therefore be
    addressed differently to identify suitable technological solutions and social needs.
    Designers must understand routines, functions and social restraints within the home
    [Bernhaupt et al. 2008, Edwards & Grinter, 2001], in both the development of product
    concept [Gaver et al. 1999, Davidoff et al. 2006b] and the physical integration
    [Haines et al. 2006, Crabtree & Rodden 2004] to deliver useful and marketable
    domestic technologies. Many of the products used and proposed in these studies
    above place little emphasis on the potential frequency of their real-world use and how
    this might relate to behaviour and acceptance; therefore, in this study, we have begun
    to investigate whether or not intermittent use requires special attention in the design
    and evaluation process and whether this can be successfully anticipated and measured
    within a controlled laboratory environment.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
    Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
    School of Computing and Engineering > Informatics Research Group
    School of Computing and Engineering > Informatics Research Group > Knowledge Engineering and Intelligent Interfaces
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    Depositing User: Xiangdong Li
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 09:47
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 09:33

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