Smart homes and extended families

Holland, Caroline and Holland, Simon (2004). Smart homes and extended families. In: HCI and the Older Population, pp. 15–17.



Mobile and Ubiquitous technologies have the potential to strengthen and enrich geographically dispersed multigenerational family relationships and networks in ways that go well beyond existing telecommunications technologies. Smart home technologies could be developed specifically to facilitate a rich range of interactions between geographically dispersed members of multi-generational and extended families by focusing on ways in which networks of two or more smart homes could promote such interactions. The aim is find ways to strengthen geographically remote multi-generational family relationships and reduce the isolation of older family members. We outline the new interaction principles that can be used to simplify such interactions, and the biographical and ethnographic techniques needed to identify the factors likely to affect the acceptability and perceived value of such new facilities within family networks.

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