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Designing smart home controls for elderly

Rus, Silvia and Helfmann, Stefan and Kirchbuchner, Florian and Kuijper, Arjan (2020):
Designing smart home controls for elderly.
p. 10, 13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA'20), Corfu, Greece, June 2020, ISBN 978-1-4503-7773-7,
DOI: 10.1145/3389189.3392610,
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Abstract

Technology is evolving by the day and with it the devices to control it. Sophisticated systems, like Smart Homes, are currently controlled in most cases via a smartphone app. While this may be acceptable for younger and middle-aged people, elders, however, have trouble keeping up with new devices and might not want to use a smartphone. Most modern-day control schemes like touch screens and menus are regarded as too complicated. However, Smart Homes provide many opportunities to reduce the every-day burden on elderly and people with special needs. Providing elderly people easy access to advanced and helpful technology via familiar interface types immensely improves their quality of life.We propose a Smart Home control designed especially for use by elderly. Our contribution ranges from evaluating existing systems to designing and building the Smart Home control for elderly based on their special requirements. Moreover, we involve elderly in the design process and evaluate the proposed prototype in a qualitative study with 10 elderly users. The results conclude that being presented with the scenario to already own the required Smart Home technology, the participants were quick to accept the cube as user friendlier when compared to smartphone controls or touchscreen controls in general.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2020
Creators: Rus, Silvia and Helfmann, Stefan and Kirchbuchner, Florian and Kuijper, Arjan
Title: Designing smart home controls for elderly
Language: English
Abstract:

Technology is evolving by the day and with it the devices to control it. Sophisticated systems, like Smart Homes, are currently controlled in most cases via a smartphone app. While this may be acceptable for younger and middle-aged people, elders, however, have trouble keeping up with new devices and might not want to use a smartphone. Most modern-day control schemes like touch screens and menus are regarded as too complicated. However, Smart Homes provide many opportunities to reduce the every-day burden on elderly and people with special needs. Providing elderly people easy access to advanced and helpful technology via familiar interface types immensely improves their quality of life.We propose a Smart Home control designed especially for use by elderly. Our contribution ranges from evaluating existing systems to designing and building the Smart Home control for elderly based on their special requirements. Moreover, we involve elderly in the design process and evaluate the proposed prototype in a qualitative study with 10 elderly users. The results conclude that being presented with the scenario to already own the required Smart Home technology, the participants were quick to accept the cube as user friendlier when compared to smartphone controls or touchscreen controls in general.

ISBN: 978-1-4503-7773-7
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart living, Elderly users, Human-computer interaction (HCI)
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
20 Department of Computer Science > Mathematical and Applied Visual Computing
Event Title: 13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA'20)
Event Location: Corfu, Greece
Event Dates: June 2020
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 12:13
DOI: 10.1145/3389189.3392610
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