Experimental Study on Display of Energy-Related Information in Smart Homes Using Virtual Reality
Environmental pollution and electrical power shortages are serious issues, especially in Japan recently. Since private households are clearly constitute one of the main energy consumers today, positive effects on the environment can be expected if home energy consumption is reduced. Accordingly, our research purpose is to develop a prototype smart home that can offer “smart” quality of life, QOL, to its residents and reduce both CO2 emissions and energy consumption. An important issue toward achieving this aim is how to show energy-related information to the home’s residents.
As a first step, we perform a preliminary experiment on reducing the numbers of candidates of locations and contents of energy-related information. Next, we perform another experiment to clarify the locations and contents of energy-related information expected to be in demand for display in actual smart homes.
KeywordsSmart home energy saving user interface information presentation
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