Finding a Place for UbiComp in the Home

  • Andy Crabtree
  • Tom Rodden
  • Terry Hemmings
  • Steve Benford
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2864)


The movement of design out of the workplace and into the home brings with it the need to develop new analytic concepts to consider how ubiquitous computing might relate to and support everyday activities in domestic settings. In this paper we present a number of concepts derived from ethnographic studies of routine activities and technology uses implicated in the production and consumption of communication in the home. These concepts sensitise design to the importance of the ecology of the domestic space and distributed arrangements of collaboration to communication. They draw attention to the places where communication is accomplished and the routines whereby communication is articulated, thereby highlighting ‘prime sites’ for situating ubiquitous computing in the domestic environment.


Activity Centre Household Member Ubiquitous Computing Domestic Environment Ecological Habitat 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy Crabtree
    • 1
  • Tom Rodden
    • 1
  • Terry Hemmings
    • 1
  • Steve Benford
    • 1
  1. 1.The School of Computer Science & ITThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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