Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Conceptions of the Home

  3. Conceptions of the Home

  4. Designing for the Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Richard Harper, Brian Shatwell
      Pages 101-114
    3. Alex Taylor, Richard Harper
      Pages 115-126
    4. David Frohlich, Robert Kraut
      Pages 127-162
    5. Keith Cheverst, Karen Clarke, Guy Dewsbury, Terry Hemmings, John Hughes, Mark Rouncefield
      Pages 163-179
  5. The Home of the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Peter Tolmie, James Pycock, Tim Diggins, Allan MacLean, Alain Karsenty
      Pages 183-206
    3. Sanna Leppënen, Marika Jokinen
      Pages 207-225
    4. Dave Randall
      Pages 227-246
    5. James Barlow, Tim Venables
      Pages 247-262
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-264

About this book


"A fascinating insight into potentially one of the most exciting developments that affects each and every one of us as we move forward into the 21st Century. This book indicates the direction industry must take if we are to achieve the dream of living in a Smart Home." Steve Hearnden, Mobile Telecommunications Consultant, UK

"A timely and much needed compliment to more technology-led explorations of the Smart Home. It draws attention to the complexity, diversity and conceptual richness of domestic life and critically reflects on the adoption and use of technologies in the home to date." Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sapient Ltd, UK

If the predictions of leading electronics and consumer companies are to be believed, in the future you may never again have to worry about forgetting to switch the lights off, or locking the front door when you leave your home. Even mundane chores such as visiting your local supermarket to stock up your fridge will become a thing of the past, as the Smart Homes of the future will be able to decide what is needed and order them for us. Inside the Smart Home looks at the designs and technologies behind these new innovations, along with their time-saving, environmental and security benefits, amongst others. Despite these clear advantages however, Smart Homes have so far failed to reach the levels of success originally anticipated, thereby forcing designers to further examine the roles and practicalities of these new technologies. Through the use of detailed case studies from such international giants as Orange, Ariston, Philips Electronics and Electrolux, this book clearly demonstrates what will be possible for our domestic settings in the future if we continue to develop the concept of the Smart Home.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Harper
    • 1
  1. 1.The Appliance StudioUniversity Gate EastBristolUK

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