Monday, December 31, 2007

SMART HOMES & USER VALUES, Greger Sandström and Ulf Keijer (editors)


Ulf Keijer and Greger Sandström (editors)
School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Urban International Press
Gateshead, United Kingdom

ISBN: 1- 872811- 08 - 6

This book discourses upon Smart homes and User values. Its aim is to contribute to bridging the gap between technology and user values in the home setting. Most smart home projects address technology development, albeit often with some application of the technology in mind. In the book the other view is taken, starting with the users' experiences and bringing it back to technology, organization and service delivery. Evaluations of smart homes in use are presented. User perspectives on, i.e. ordinary residential living, assistive living and digital services are covered. Presented results indicate how society, the real estate industry and the individual residents may benefit; and the prerequisites for it. The book contains evaluations of smart homes in Europe, Asia and North America. The book constitutes the state-of-the-art in the field, indispensable for the construction and the real estate industry, developers of systems and technology, other professionals in the field, institutions, students and everyone interested in new technology for homes and everyday life.

Book Title: SMART HOMES AND USER VALUES (first published September 2007)
Publisher: Urban International Press
ISBN: 1- 872811- 08 - 6
Pages: 191, soft cover, dimensions 22cms x 20 cms with illustrations and tables/graphs.

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