Inclusivity in the Digital Connected Home

Optimising the Accessibility of Digital Connected Home Technology for Disabled Users
  • Tim Pennick
  • Sue Hessey
  • Yingyan Gu
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 435)


This paper introduces a Proof of Concept to demonstrate the feasibility and benefit of exploiting existing home management devices for disabled users. The model we present exploits an integrated platform exposing an API which can be utilized by a variety of User Interface approaches, including accessible Smartphones/tablets or more specialised hardware/software combinations. Future research will investigate the extent to which provision of suitable control technology can enhance feelings of wellbeing in disabled users, increase their independence, and enhance a sense of control over their living environment.


Assistive Technology User Agent Screen Reader Blind User Leap Motion 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Pennick
    • 1
  • Sue Hessey
    • 1
  • Yingyan Gu
    • 2
  1. 1.BT Research and Innovation, BT PlcIpswichUK
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsImperial College LondonLondonUK

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