A Methodology for Content-Centered Design of Ambient Environments

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6105)


The design of ambient environments does not depend on technical issues exclusively but also on social aspects. There are several design specifications for ambient environments as well as development principles for the design of such systems, a design method should address. In this paper, we survey design methodologies considering the fulfilling of the design principles and their applicability for ambient environments. Because unprecedented, we introduce a methodology for Content-Centered Design of Ambient Environments (CoDesA) and apply this method in parts to an ambient bath environment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Furtwangen UniversityFurtwangenGermany
  2. 2.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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