Evaluating interface characteristics for shared lighting systems in the office environment

T.C.F. van de Werff, K. Niemantsverdriet, H.A. van Essen, J.H. Eggen

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    IoT developments make shared systems, such as lighting systems, increasingly connected. From an interaction perspective, this offers opportunities for personal control. Especially for lighting, the benefits of personal control have been underlined by research. However, how to design interfaces that realise these potential benefits is much less investigated. This paper presents a long-term qualitative study in which three interfaces for a shared lighting system are evaluated by 17 people working in an open plan office. The interfaces are designed to vary on a number of characteristics, including the distribution over space, interaction modality, and sequence of interaction. Based on the results, we provide new insights in the impact of interface characteristics on lighting use and experience. We find, i.a., that having an interface on a personal multi-purpose device or on a central interface solely dedicated to lighting, influences whether people make individual or more collective lighting adjustments and decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDIS '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4922-2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
    Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017) - Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017)
    Abbreviated titleDIS 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    OtherSpace, Place and Interface
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    • Connected lighting systems
    • Interaction design
    • Interface characteristics
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Open plan office
    • Personal control
    • Shared interaction
    • Work environment


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