Home Control via Mobile Devices: State of the Art and HCI Challenges under the Perspective of Diversity

  • Sarah Gomes Sakamoto
  • Leonardo Cunha de Miranda
  • Heiko Hornung
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


With technological advancements in recent decades, home environments incorporate several electronic appliances in order to facilitate activities and improve users’ quality of life. The increasing complexity of household appliances makes their management a nontrivial task. Mobile devices emerge as excellent platforms to enable control over such a range of appliances, providing convenience, flexibility and several interaction possibilities. However, home control via mobile devices also present some challenges, among others regarding the diversity of users. This paper presents the state of the art in home control via mobile devices. Based on an analysis of these solutions, we identify and discuss Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) challenges under the perspective of diversity. In addition, we propose a set of guidelines in order to minimize or overcome these challenges. This work may support design process of new solutions and future research focusing on domestic environment.


diversity domotics smart home home automation mobile application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Gomes Sakamoto
    • 1
  • Leonardo Cunha de Miranda
    • 1
  • Heiko Hornung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Informatics and Applied MathematicsFederal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)NatalBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of ComputingUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil

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