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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Hacking the Natural Habitat: An in-the-wild study of smart homes, their development, and the people who live in them
Organization Unit
  • Sarah Mennicken
  • Elaine May Huang
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 978-3-642-31204-5
ISSN 0302-9743
Page Range 143 - 160
Event Title Pervasive 2012
Event Type conference
Event Location Newcastle, UK
Event Start Date June 19 - 2012
Event End Date June 22 - 2012
Series Name Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number 7319/2012
Place of Publication Newcastle, UK
Publisher Springer
Abstract Text Commercial home automation systems are becoming increasingly common, affording the opportunity to study technology-augmented homes in real world contexts. In order to understand how these technologies are being integrated into homes and their effects on inhabitants, we conducted a qualitative study involving smart home professionals who provide such technology, people currently in the process of planning or building smart homes, and people currently living in smart homes. We identified motivations for bringing smart technology into homes, and the phases involved in making a home smart. We also explored the varied roles of the smart home inhabitants that emerged during these phases, and several of the challenges and benefits that arise while living in a smart home. Based on these findings we propose open areas and new directions for smart home research.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1007/978-3-642-31205-2_10
Other Identification Number merlin-id:6875
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