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Sensing Home: Designing an Open Tool That Lets People Collect and Interpret Simple Sensor Data from Their Homes

dc.contributor.authorBerger, Arne
dc.contributor.authorKurze, Albrecht
dc.contributor.authorTotzauer, Sören
dc.contributor.authorStorz, Michael
dc.contributor.authorLefeuvre, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorBischof, Andreas
dc.contributor.authorFreiermuth, Mira
dc.description.abstractThe Internet of Things in the home is a design space with huge potential. With sensors getting smaller and cheaper, smart sensor equipped objects will become an integral, preinstalled part of the future home. With this article we will reflect on Sensing Home, a design tool to explore sensors in the home together with people. Sensing Home allows people to integrate sensors and connectivity into mundane domestic products in order to make them smart. As such, it can be used by people to experience and explore sensors in the home and daily life. They may explore possible use cases, appropriate sensor technology, and learn about this technology through use. At the same time people may also be empowered to understand the issues and implications of sensors in the home. We present the design rationale of Sensing Home, five usage examples of how Sensing Home allowed people to explore sensor technology, and the deployment of Sensing Home together with a self-developed group discussion method to empower people to understand the benefits and pitfalls of sensors in their home. The article ends with a brief reflection whether Sensing Home is a probe or a toolkit.en
dc.publisherDe Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartofi-com: Vol. 17, No. 2
dc.subjectsmart home
dc.subjectInternet of Things
dc.subjectParticipatory Design
dc.subjectInteraction Design
dc.titleSensing Home: Designing an Open Tool That Lets People Collect and Interpret Simple Sensor Data from Their Homesen
dc.typeText/Journal Article
gi.conference.sessiontitleResearch Article