Designing smart environments: concepts, theories and challenges

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    People are nowadays very commonly in touch with computers and information technology in their everyday lives. Sometimes this interaction with computers is quite task-oriented, using computers as tools. This kind of usage is typical when using utilities (e.g. word or image processing, calculation). On the other hand more and more people are using computers as a part of their daily environment without treating them as computers. Computers are situated to our environment in that sense that we do not call them as computers but as part of technology or our environment as such. This kind of human environment interaction is not so much direct interaction with user interfaces in desktop or mobile devices but consists of various, almost unnoticeable interactions with invisible user interfaces. The philosophy of this new computerised world (i.e. pervasive, ubiquitous computing; ambient intelligence) demands new perspectives in designing intelligent environments for different kinds of users and for different kinds of purposes and contexts. In this paper the evolution of computing and concepts and theories and challenges for the design of future computerised environments are described and discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Human Centered Technology HCT06
    Place of PublicationTampere
    PublisherTampere University of Technology
    ISBN (Print)952-15-1601-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventWorkshop on Human Centered Technology, HCT06 - Pori, Finland
    Duration: 11 Jun 200613 Jun 2006

    Publication series

    SeriesTampereen teknillinen yliopisto: Porin yksikkö. Julkaisu


    WorkshopWorkshop on Human Centered Technology, HCT06
    Abbreviated titleHCT06


    • smart environment
    • design
    • human-centered design


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