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National Information Processing Institute

Human-Technology Interaction

Social aspects of smart-home technology.

The dynamic development of ICT makes the human environment more and more saturated with electronics connected to the network. Smartphone applications are becoming popular allowing to monitor various aspects of functioning (eg diet, physical exercise, sleep) and process the data obtained in this way. Smart clothing, smart cars, smart electric grids, and smart cities are already present in public discourse. One of the trends we have seen in recent years is Smart Home Technology (SHT).  

One of the trends, the development of which we observe in recent years is technology Smart Homes (Smart Home Technology / SHT). Smart homes are by definition: residences equipped with a network advanced technologies, connecting sensors and home appliances, equipment and functions that can be remotely monitored, run or controlled and provide services corresponding to the needs of residents. The phenomenon and the trend is new enough so that there are few studies focusing on its importance for user.

The aim of the project is to understand how human – Smart Home interactions are created and shaped. To what extent people shape and program smart-home functions, and in what way these functions affect people's behavior? Is there mutual adaptation of  people and technologies?  To what extent is it an improvement, and to what extent is it a change for the worse? What is the sum of all these changes?  

Previous research on SHT technology focuses mainly on user experience and there is no available research focused on interaction aspects or meanings given to individual functions, and the impact of these changes on the microcosm of family roles.