How Smart Homes Learn: The Evolution of the Networked Home and Household

TitleHow Smart Homes Learn: The Evolution of the Networked Home and Household
Publication TypeBook Chapters
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsChetty M, Sung J-Y, Grinter RE
EditorKrumm J, Abowd GD, Seneviratne A, Strang T
Book TitleUbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pagination127 - 144
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-74852-6, 978-3-540-74853-3
KeywordsComputer Communication Networks, computers and society, home networking, Information Systems Applications (incl.Internet), infrastructure, smart home, software engineering, Systems and Data Security, User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction

Despite a growing desire to create smart homes, we know little about how networked technologies interact with a house’s infrastructure. In this paper, we begin to close this gap by presenting findings from a study that examined the relationship between home networking and the house itself—and the work that results for householders as a consequence of this interaction. We discuss four themes that emerged: an ambiguity in understanding the virtual boundaries created by wireless networks, the home network control paradox, a new home network access paradox, and the relationship between increased responsibilities and the possibilities of wireless networking.