Probing elders' needs for smart technologies in the domestic environment

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Abstract

This paper presents an initial investigation into developing smart homes for the elderly. Smart homes refer to domestic living environments that equipped with "sensible" and "responsive" facilities, which employ smart technologies, to provide occupants a sound and comfortable living. Designers and sociologists have observed reluctances and even rejections to these technologies from the elderly. A Cultural Probes study shows that the elderly welcome new technologies but reject robotic companionships. In addition, a questionnaire survey concludes that smart technologies for home safety and security, energy conservation and usage monitoring, as well as health care and maintenance, are desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages75-80
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event13th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia 2008, CAADRIA 2008 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2008 Apr 92008 Apr 12

Other

Other13th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia 2008, CAADRIA 2008
CountryThailand
CityChiang Mai
Period08-04-0908-04-12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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