ct 19(19): e2

Research Article

Where is the interface? – Appropriating Interaction with IoT in the Smart Home

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.161174,
        author={Dimitrios  Gkouskos and Per  Linde and Anuradha  Reddy},
        title={Where is the interface? -- Appropriating Interaction with IoT in the Smart Home},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        volume={6},
        number={19},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CT},
        year={2019},
        month={4},
        keywords={IoT, Interaction Design, Smart Home, Tangibility, Smart buttons, Appropriation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.161174}
    }
    
  • Dimitrios Gkouskos
    Per Linde
    Anuradha Reddy
    Year: 2019
    Where is the interface? – Appropriating Interaction with IoT in the Smart Home
    CT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.161174
Dimitrios Gkouskos1,*, Per Linde2, Anuradha Reddy2
  • 1: School of Information Technology, Halmstad University, Box 823, SE-301 Halmstad, Sweden
  • 2: Internet of Things and People Research Center, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö, Sweden
*Contact email: dimitrios.gkouskos@hh.se

Abstract

With the proliferation of IoT the home is becoming a “smart” space that provides new opportunities for supporting creative experiences for the user. Adaptable IoT devices offer the possibility for users to appropriate interaction in the home. The objective of this paper is to explore the use of a configurable, placeable, IoT enabled button as a way for users to appropriate interaction with the smart home. The study employs the methods of technology probes, photography, and contextual interviews. Our findings show that our users configured the IoT enabled button to manage automation in the home, to install place-significant shortcuts for relevant smart home features, and to create interaction points for tasks that support the user’s daily routines. We propose that IoT should not only be seen as a way to increase efficiency in the home but also as a vehicle for user-created interaction opportunities that can creatively support rising needs in each user’s daily life.