J. S. Beaudin, E. Munguia Tapia, and S. S. Intille, "Lessons
learned using ubiquitous sensors for data collection in real
homes," in Extended Abstracts of the 2004 Conference on Human
Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY: ACM Press, 2004, pp.
Interface design for the home requires a realistic
understanding of the complexity and richness of the human activities
that go on there; it is our goal to develop tools that enable HCI
investigation in actual home environments. We have developed a kit of
ubiquitous sensing devices and over the past year have conducted a
series of studies installing a large number of sensors, of diverse
types, in multiple homes of participants not affiliated with the
research team. As we deployed our portable kit outside the laboratory,
we encountered unanticipated study design and technology requirements
that will affect the continued development of the kit itself. We offer
practical tips we have learned from our experience and describe how we
are applying them to the design of our next generation of sensors.
Home recording, sensors, data collection, research
methods, ubiquitous, ethnography.
Science Foundation and House_n Consortium