Including Smart Architecture in environments for people with dementia

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Dalton, Cathy
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Environments which aim to promote human well-being must address both functional and psychosocial needs. This paper comprises a description of a framework for a smart home environment, which aims to comprehensively address issues of environmental fit, in particular for a person with cognitive impairment associated with dementia, by means of introducing sensing of user affect as a factor in system management of a smart personal life space, and in generation of environmental response, adapting to changing user need. The introduction of affective computing into an intelligent system managing environmental response and adaptation is seen as a critical component in successfully realizing an interactive personal life-space, where a continuous feedback loop operates between user and environment, in real time. The overall intention is to maximize environmental congruence for the user, both functionally and psychosocially, by factoring in adjustment to changing user status. Design thinking, at all scales, is perceived as being essential to achieving a coherent smart environment, where architecture is reframed as interaction design.
Smart Homes , Dementia , Responsive architecture , Affective computing , User-centred design
Dalton C. (2014) Including Smart Architecture in Environments for People with Dementia. In: van Hoof, J., Demiris, G. and Wouters E. J. M. (eds.) Handbook of Smart Homes, Health Care and Well-Being. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-01904-8_57-1
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