User requirements for the design of smart homes: dimensions and goals

Michaela R. Reisinger*, Sebastian Prost, Johann Schrammel, Peter Fröhlich

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The ‘Smart Home’ is a strongly technology-driven field. While user-centered requirements have been reported for specific features, a considerable gap persists for design based on an everyday home context and the social and emotional nature of the home. To address this, we identify specific leverage points and functionalities for energy-efficiency and smart control in a domestic context. A three-step investigation of user requirements, employing cultural probing, participatory design fiction and focus groups allowed us to progress from the home context “as-is” towards a blending of requirements with technological solutions. Our results highlight the home as a complex construct imbued with organically grown routines and individual needs, values and emotions. Based on empirical, real-user data we present features and system expectations that address this multifaceted overall picture. This paper advises the design process of future smart home solutions in two facets: First, we point out several design dimensions, namely time, space, relations, individual factors, and values that allow design for a heterogeneity of users and situations. Second, we derive specific design goals to highlight directions of smart home system design: design for control, low effort, integration, evolvability, identity, sociability, and benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence - 15th European Conference, AmI 2019, Proceedings
EditorsIoannis Chatzigiannakis, Boris De Ruyter, Irene Mavrommati
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030342548
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event15th European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2019 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11912 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2019

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