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Nov 29, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Smart Homes

Challenges and possibilities


By
Tara Alexander

and
Sabine Croxford



RNIB Innovation, Peterborough



Introduction




What are Smart Homes?



What do Smart Homes do?



Smart Home Technology



L . I . C. Mode



Locating examples



Identifying examples



Controlling examples



Next steps



What is a Smart Home?

A Smart home is a place to live where everything is connected,
controllable and intelligent



Connected to superfast broadband



Include the automation of the home, housework or household activity.



Have centralised control of lighting, heating, ventilation, air
conditioning, appliances, security locks of gates and doors and other
systems.



Can provide increased quality of life for persons who are elderly or
disabled.



More feasible due to much higher
affordability and simplicity through
smartphone and tablet connectivity.




What do Smart Homes do?

Integrates, controls and connects



Integrates electrical devices in a house with each other.



Allows the control of domestic activities, such as home entert
ainment
systems, houseplant and garden watering, pet feeding, changing the
ambiance "scenes" for different events (such as dinners or parties),
and the use of domestic robots.



Devices may be connected through a computer network to allow
control by a perso
nal computer, and may allow r
emote access from
the internet.



Smart Home Technology

What does/could it involve?



Broadband internet connection



Computer or laptop as the “brain of the home”



Personal device with access technology (such as smart phone)



RFID T
ags



Web cams



Biometric technology



Robots



Intelligence built in to electronic devices



Text to speech and speech to text



L. I. C. Model



We identified that home owners who have a sight problem have some
difficulties that could be helped with Smart Home
technology. These
can be categorised into three headings:

1.
Locating
-

Where is...?

2.
Identifying
-

What is...?

3.
Controlling


Do this.



Locating

What is out there now?



Find my pet



Find my iPhone



Talking sign “This is the front door”


[P
hotographic
image

of a dog wearing a tracking collar)


What we can do in the future?



Where is there dirt in the house?



Where are the children? (Toddlers)



Where is there a stain on my shirt?


[
Photographic image

of a stained shirt]


Identifying

What is out there now?



Who is at the front door?



What bank note am I holding?



What colour is my shirt?



Are the lights on?



Is this cat food or pineapple slices?


[Image

of
a Sesame Street character



“Knock Knock Who’s there?”]


What can we do in the future?



Has my food gone off?



Does the lawn need cutting?



Am I using too much electricity?


[
Photographic image

of mouldy food]


Controlling

What is out there now?



Control the temperature of your house



Record a TV series



Control cooker settings from smart phone


[
Image

of igloo]


What can we do in the future?



Set my washing machine to
work while I am out



Mow the lawn automatically



Fridge locks when you’ve put
on too much weight!


[
Image

of woman weighing herself]


Pitfalls
-

where does it go wrong?



Touch screens need to be
accessible



An app on an accessible touch screen (tablet or phone) does not
automatically make it accessible




Physical controls need to be accessible



It needs to be clear what each button is, when it is pressed and if
an action is performed




Voice control n
eed to be accessible



It is key to know that a command has been recognised correctly




Security issues and concerns



Is the system secure?


Next Steps



In RNIB, our next strategy has a specific focus on digital and
communications technology for the home.



We wi
ll be looking at the gaps and working with industry to create
more accessible products.



We want to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions.



Thank you