A framework for the design, prototyping and evaluation of mobile interfaces for domestic environments

Holroyd, Patrick Michael (2013) A framework for the design, prototyping and evaluation of mobile interfaces for domestic environments. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

The idea of the smart home has been discussed for over three decades, but it has yet to achieve mass-market adoption. This thesis asks the question Why is my home not smart?
It highlights four main areas that are barriers to adoption, and concentrates on a single one of these issues: usability. It presents an investigation that focuses on design,
prototyping and evaluation of mobile interfaces for domestic environments resulting in the development of a novel framework.

A smart home is the physical realisation of a ubiquitous computing system for domestic living. The research area offers numerous benefits to end-users such as convenience,
assistive living, energy saving and improved security and safety. However, these benefits have yet to become accessible due to a lack of usable smart home control
interfaces. This issue is considered a key reason for lack of adoption and is the focus for this thesis.

Within this thesis, a framework is introduced as a novel approach for the design, prototyping and evaluation of mobile interfaces for domestic environments. Included
within this framework are three components. Firstly, the Reconfigurable Multimedia Environment (RME), a physical evaluation and observation space for conducting user
centred research. Secondly, Simulated Interactive Devices (SID), a video-based development and control tool for simulating interactive devices commonly found within
a smart home. Thirdly, iProto, a tool that facilitates the production and rapid deployment of high fidelity prototypes for mobile touch screen devices. This framework is evaluated as a round-tripping toolchain for prototyping smart home control and found to be an efficient process for facilitating the design and evaluation of such interfaces.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television > TK5103.2 Wireless communication systems
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 18:51
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 13:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45101

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