Design semantics of connections in a smart home environment

B.J.J. Vlist, van der, G. Niezen, J. Hu, L.M.G. Feijs

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    Abstract

    As the environments in which we live become more intelligent— through more computational power, embedded sensors and network connections between the devices that reside in the environment—there is a risk of leaving its users clueless about what is going on. User interaction changes from interaction with a single device into interaction with a larger system— an ecology of things. Physical things are becoming mediators between the physical world and the digital, invisible world that is inside and behind them. The work we present in this article is part of ongoing academic research on using explicit design semantics to convey abstracted models of connections between devices in a smart home environment. This enables users to understand and construct meaningful mental models of the smart environment and interact with it accordingly. We illustrate our findings by presenting a demonstrator that gives users physical control over invisible, wireless connections between devices in a home entertainment scenario.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM) 2010
    EditorsL.L. Chen, T. Djajadiningrat, L.M.G. Feijs, S. Kyffin, D. Steffen, B. Young
    Place of PublicationLucerne, Switserland
    PublisherKoninklijke Philips Electronics
    Pages48-56
    ISBN (Print)978-3-906413-80-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event6th International Workshop on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2010), November 3-5, 2010, Lucerne, Switzerland - Lucerne School of Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland
    Duration: 3 Nov 20105 Nov 2010

    Workshop

    Workshop6th International Workshop on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2010), November 3-5, 2010, Lucerne, Switzerland
    Abbreviated titleDeSForM 2010
    Country/TerritorySwitzerland
    CityLucerne
    Period3/11/105/11/10

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