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Principles of smart home control

Scott Davidoff, Min Kyung Lee, Charles Yiu, John Zimmerman and Anind K. Dey. 2006. Principles of smart home control. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2006: Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2006), 4206: 19-34. | Bibtex | Endnote
Seeking to be sensitive to users, smart home researchers have focused on the concept of control. They attempt to allow users to gain control over their lives by framing the problem as one of end-user programming. But families are not users as we typically conceive them, and a large body of ethno- graphic research shows how their activities and routines do not map well to programming tasks. End-user programming ultimately provides control of de- vices. But families want more control of their lives. In this paper, we explore this disconnect. Using grounded contextual fieldwork with dual-income families, we describe the control that families want, and suggest seven design principles that will help end-user programming systems deliver that control.
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