Principles of Smart Home Control

  • Scott Davidoff
  • Min Kyung Lee
  • Charles Yiu
  • John Zimmerman
  • Anind K. Dey
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4206)


Seeking to be sensitive to users, smart home researchers have focused on the concept of control. They attempt to allow users to gain control over their lives by framing the problem as one of end-user programming. But families are not users as we typically conceive them, and a large body of ethnographic research shows how their activities and routines do not map well to programming tasks. End-user programming ultimately provides control of devices. But families want more control of their lives. In this paper, we explore this disconnect. Using grounded contextual fieldwork with dual-income families, we describe the control that families want, and suggest seven design principles that will help end-user programming systems deliver that control.


Ubiquitous Computing Smart Home Family Identity Programming Task Enrichment Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Davidoff
    • 1
  • Min Kyung Lee
    • 1
  • Charles Yiu
    • 1
  • John Zimmerman
    • 1
  • Anind K. Dey
    • 1
  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction Institute + School of DesignCarnegie Mellon University 

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