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Title: Probing user values in the home environment within a technology driven Smart Home project
Authors: Haines, Victoria
Mitchell, Val
Cooper, Catherine
Maguire, Martin
Keywords: Probes
Photo study
Domestic environments
Values
Smart homes
User-centred design
Technology
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Springer Verlag
Citation: HAINES, V. ... et al, 2007. Probing user values in the home environment within a technology driven Smart Home project. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11 (5), pp.349-359.
Abstract: Smart Home technology looks set to become an increasingly common feature of domestic life. However commercial desire for technical innovation rather than explicit user needs are often the driving force behind the development of Smart Home products and services. This study adapts the Cultural Probe approach developed by Gaver et al. [2] to collect primarily visual data about what people value within their home environment. Whereas Cultural Probes are predominantly used to build empathy with users when designing product concepts, this approach attempted to provide similarly fun and engaging prompts for data collection when the design process and project context required more structured consideration of user needs. This paper presents the method developed, project findings and recommendations on how the method should be applied.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing [© Springer] and is also available at: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1617-4909.
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-006-0075-6
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2288
ISSN: 1617-4909
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