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Nov 29, 2013 (4 years and 5 months ago)


Smart Homes

Challenges and possibilities

Tara Alexander

Sabine Croxford

RNIB Innovation, Peterborough


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

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

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
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)


Web cams

Biometric technology


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:


Where is...?


What is...?


Do this.


What is out there now?

Find my pet

Find my iPhone

Talking sign “This is the front door”


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]


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?


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]


What is out there now?

Control the temperature of your house

Record a TV series

Control cooker settings from smart phone


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!


of woman weighing herself]


where does it go wrong?

Touch screens need to be

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