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What Happened in my Home?

An End-User Development Approach for Smart Home Data Visualization
: Castelli, N.; Ogonowski, C.; Jakobi, T.; Stein, M.; Stevens, G.; Wulf, V.


Mark, Gloria (Ed.) ; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer and Human Interaction -SIGCHI-:
CHI 2017, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Proceedings : Denver, Colorado, USA, May 06 - 11, 2017
New York: ACM, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) <35, 2017, Denver/Colo.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Smart home systems change the way we experience the home. While there are established research fields within HCI for visualizing specific use cases of a smart home, studies targeting user demands on visualizations spanning across multiple use cases are rare. Especially, individual data-related demands pose a challenge for usable visualizations. To investigate potentials of an end-user development (EUD) approach for flexibly supporting such demands, we developed a smart home system featuring both pre-defined visualizations and a visualization creation tool. To evaluate our concept, we installed our prototype in 12 households as part of a Living Lab study. Results are based on three interview studies, a design workshop and system log data. We identified eight overarching interests in home data and show how participants used pre-defined visualizations to get an overview and the creation tool to not only address specific use cases but also to answer questions by creating temporary visualizations.