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A virtual showroom is tackling all your questions about the smart home!

Our everyday life is more and more influenced by technology – smart home technology is the next step for everyone and everywhere! However, many concerns and a remarkable reservation dominates among customers and consumers. Prior to the decision making your home smart, knowing what this so called smartness actually means, is crucial.

What is a so called smart home?
How does it work?
And most important: What can it do for me?

In cooperation with users, participating in our Living Lab in Siegen, we investigated how to design the topic “smart home for end users” in a more comprehensive way and evaluated the best balance of requirements and content. Participants were asked to evaluate the most suitable way to communicate the topic smart home – for this, they read information, clicked through an interactive showroom and watched a movie. Furthermore we developed interesting and useful examples how to apply smart home products. The result is a virtual showroom with an interplay of movie, interaction and information especially for smart home greenhorns and interested parties.

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SmartLive as science shop window in Siegen’s upper city.

From October 19th to October 30th several research projects from the University of Siegen give citizens insights in their work. The campaign “science shop window” is hold for the third time along the Kölner Straße in Siegen. Several shopkeepers and landlords provide their shop windows to present topics and outcomes of the university’s research projects. SmartLive has installed a demo about smart home systems and usability in the boutique No Nude (Kölner Str. 13). Based on quotes of participating households from Siegen and by showing a video that explains what smart home means and what people can do with such systems, we will simplify the topic and highlight associated challenges. We hope all visitors enjoy the open air exhibition.

An outline map of all participating shops and projects is available at the university’s homepage.

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World Usability Day Siegen

This year’s World Usability Day (WUD) takes places on November 12th. All around the world experts will discuss issues on usability and user experience on software, websites, hardware, smartphones and other technical devices. As known from recent years, the University of Siegen also host one of these events. This year, doors will open at 5 pm at the campus “Unteres Schloss”.

2015 is the ten year anniversary for World Usability Day and this year’s topic is innovation. For several people innovation can be something different, but most of us agree that it can be described as inventions of or changes in products and services which improve situations or solve problems. Innovations in context of user experiences describe the improvement of positive emotional experiences and individual needs when using products, systems or services.

The SmartLive project also deals with new concepts improving user experiences in context of smart home research. At Siegen’s WUD we will give a talk about our current research and provide a hands-on demo. The title of the talk is “Why is our home still not smart?”.

The full program and more information of the Siegen WUD is available on the website. Interested people are invited to visit our event. Attendance is free, but registration is requested.

We are in the future yet

What have Marty McFly and Smart Home in common?

In their latest issue, the Helmholtz magazin “Perspektiven” reported on smart home technologies. They compared what have been prognosticated 30 years ago and which of these solutions and services already exist today. We also have respond to some questions.
(Helmholtz Perspektiven, issue 5, 2015)

See Press for further reports.

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Under the motto „Experiencing Work Together“ German HCI conference „Mensch und Computer 2015“ was held in Stuttgart, Germany from September 6th to 9th. This year, we could place two articles. Corinna Ogonowski presented a current state about transferring the Living Lab research concept to more user-centered services for small and medium enterprises (SME) at the workshop “usability in enterprises”. Within our long paper we examined different practices of involving users in development processes in SMEs. We identified specific roles, channels and tools when dealing with user feedback. Based on that, we analyzed challenges which SMEs currently have to deal with. This research was done in collaboration with our sister project CUBES and received the honorable mention paper award.

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