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The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life

Harper, Richard (Ed.)

2011, X, 305p. 36 illus..

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  • First book offering insights into the social shaping of technology and the shaping of human behavior
  • Focuses on how technologies have been designed in the past and how they might be in the future
  • Analyses the effect of social media such as Facebook in the home

The title of this new book: “The Connected Home” reflects the move away from the idea that smart homes would alter the lives of those living in them by providing technologies to take over tasks that were previously the responsibility of the householder, such as managing entertainment, education – and even eating! Up until around 10 years ago this view was commonplace but time has shown that the technologies to support a smart home have not developed in such a way as to support this premise. Instead, what people do in their homes has moved the concept of a smart home into that of the ‘connected home’.  The rise of on-line games technologies, video connections via Skype, social networking, internet browsing etc are now an integral part of the home environment and have had a significant effect on the home.

The contributors to this exciting new book consider and discuss the effects and ramifications of the connected home from a variety of viewpoints: an examination of the take-up of personal computers and the Internet in domestic situations; an analysis of the changing intersection of technology and human habits in the connected home; the impact of gaming, texting, e-book readers, tablets and other devices and their effect on the social conditions of a household; the relationship between digital messaging applications and real geography; and an overview of how sensing technologies for the smart home might evolve (lightweight medical technologies for example). The book culminates by addressing unfinished ambitions from the smart home agenda, the factors that have prevented their realisation, and addresses the need for extending research into the area.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Digital Design - Interactive technology - Smart Home - Sociology - System design - Usability

Related subjects » General Issues - Software Engineering

Table of contents 

From smart home to connected home .-The networked home: The way of the future or a vision too far?.-Changing times: home life and domestic habit.-Family Life, Children and the Feminization of Computing.-The web, the home and the search engine.-Changing practices of family television watching.-All in the game: Families, peer groups and game playing in the home.-Digital words: reading and the 21st century home.-Nearness: Family Life and Digital Neighbourhood.-Love, Ritual and Videochat.-Family Archiving in the Digital Age.-Family Archiving in the Digital Age.-Remote Care: health at home.-Energy in the Smart Home.-Smart homes in South Africa

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