Inside the Smart Home

Editors: Harper, Richard (Ed.)

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"A fascinating insight into potentially one of the most exciting developments that affects each and every one of us as we move forward into the 21st Century. This book indicates the direction industry must take if we are to achieve the dream of living in a Smart Home." Steve Hearnden, Mobile Telecommunications Consultant, UK

"A timely and much needed compliment to more technology-led explorations of the Smart Home. It draws attention to the complexity, diversity and conceptual richness of domestic life and critically reflects on the adoption and use of technologies in the home to date." Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sapient Ltd, UK

If the predictions of leading electronics and consumer companies are to be believed, in the future you may never again have to worry about forgetting to switch the lights off, or locking the front door when you leave your home. Even mundane chores such as visiting your local supermarket to stock up your fridge will become a thing of the past, as the Smart Homes of the future will be able to decide what is needed and order them for us. Inside the Smart Home looks at the designs and technologies behind these new innovations, along with their time-saving, environmental and security benefits, amongst others. Despite these clear advantages however, Smart Homes have so far failed to reach the levels of success originally anticipated, thereby forcing designers to further examine the roles and practicalities of these new technologies. Through the use of detailed case studies from such international giants as Orange, Ariston, Philips Electronics and Electrolux, this book clearly demonstrates what will be possible for our domestic settings in the future if we continue to develop the concept of the Smart Home.

Reviews

"A fascinating insight into potentially one of the most exciting developments that affects each and every one of us as we move forward into the 21st Century. This book indicates the direction industry must take if we are to achieve the dream of living in a Smart Home." Steve Hearnden, Mobile Telecommunications Consultant, UK

"A timely and much needed compliment to more technology-led explorations of the Smart Home. It draws attention to the complexity, diversity and conceptual richness of domestic life and critically reflects on the adoption and use of technologies in the home to date." Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sapient Ltd, UK


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Inside the Smart Home: Ideas, Possibilities and Methods

    Harper, Richard

    Pages 1-13

  • Smart Homes: Past, Present and Future

    Aldrich, Frances K.

    Pages 17-39

  • Households as Morally Ordered Communities: Explorations in the Dynamics of Domestic Life

    Strain, John D.

    Pages 41-62

  • Time as a Rare Commodity in Home Life

    Hamill, Lynne

    Pages 63-78

  • Emotional Context and “Significancies” of Media

    Peters, Sue

    Pages 79-97

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-85233-688-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inside the Smart Home
Editors
  • Richard Harper
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-85233-854-1
DOI
10.1007/b97527
Softcover ISBN
978-1-85233-688-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 264
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
Topics