Interaction in the Smart Home: A Prototype-driven Approach – ISHPA

Exploring the future of IoT-based domestic computing through a user-centred approach.

Applying a prototype-driven and user-centred approach, this project will explore the future of IoT-based domestic computing. The smart home can be described in terms of how people are enriching the home with intelligence through a continuous coupling of things in the material and social world with everyday routines and specific social arrangements. The intimate setting requires subtle participatory methods and processes, and the project will start out from a Living Lab-inspired stance, where academic and industrial researchers and practitioners collaborate with families in order to explore a design space for IoT in home-based settings that also promote learning, understanding and personal configuration of new technologies. For this work, a powerful way to sketch and prototype the future home will be different forms of continuous participation, but also by a capacity to rapidly prototype different solutions. Preferably these prototypes can be accessed by a multitude of stakeholders in co-design processes.

Results are expected in the form of a range of prototypes that rests upon a firm understanding of needs and desires of the IoT-enabled home and new ways for companies for exploring domestic technologies in collaboration with residents and families, which identifies promising new areas for development for the smart home. A specific focus will be on alternative interaction models, going beyond the traditional screen-based interfaces.

Project updates:

Application areas: Smart Energy, Smart Living

Partners: Malmö University, Cybercom, Eon, Sony Mobile, Verisure

Project period: 2014-12-10 – 2016-11-30

Funding: The project is funded by the Knowledge Foundation within the Internet of Things and People Research Profile, Malmö University, and the business partners.

Contact: The project is coordinated by Per Linde, IOTAP, Malmö University.

Learn more: Download extended project description for Interaction in the Smart Home: A Prototype-driven Approach.

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