The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life

  • Richard Harper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Harper
      Pages 3-18
    3. Alladi Venkatesh, Debora Dunkle, Amanda Wortman
      Pages 59-76
  3. Experiencing the Connected Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Stephen Robertson
      Pages 79-91
    3. Barry Brown, Louise Barkhuus
      Pages 93-110
    4. Mark Rouncefield, Peter Tolmie
      Pages 133-162
    5. Joseph “Jofish” Kaye
      Pages 185-202
    6. Abigail Sellen
      Pages 203-236
    7. William Odom, Richard Harper, Abigail Sellen, Jodi Forlizzi, John Zimmerman, Richard Banks et al.
      Pages 237-266
  4. Remaining Aspirations for the Future Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. James Barlow, Steffen Bayer, Tiago Cravo Oliveira
      Pages 269-279
    3. Simon C.R. Lewis
      Pages 281-300
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-305

About this book


The title of this new book: “The Connected Home” reflects the move away from the idea that smart homes would alter the lives of those living in them by providing technologies to take over tasks that were previously the responsibility of the householder, such as managing entertainment, education – and even eating! Up until around 10 years ago this view was commonplace but time has shown that the technologies to support a smart home have not developed in such a way as to support this premise. Instead, what people do in their homes has moved the concept of a smart home into that of the ‘connected home’.  The rise of on-line games technologies, video connections via Skype, social networking, internet browsing etc are now an integral part of the home environment and have had a significant effect on the home.

The contributors to this exciting new book consider and discuss the effects and ramifications of the connected home from a variety of viewpoints: an examination of the take-up of personal computers and the Internet in domestic situations; an analysis of the changing intersection of technology and human habits in the connected home; the impact of gaming, texting, e-book readers, tablets and other devices and their effect on the social conditions of a household; the relationship between digital messaging applications and real geography; and an overview of how sensing technologies for the smart home might evolve (lightweight medical technologies for example). The book culminates by addressing unfinished ambitions from the smart home agenda, the factors that have prevented their realisation, and addresses the need for extending research into the area.


Digital Design Interactive technology Smart Home Sociology System design Usability

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Harper
    • 1
  1. 1.Microsoft Research Ltd.CambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-85729-475-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-85729-476-0
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