The User Perception of Control Over IoT Devices in Home Environment – A Case of the Morning Routine

University essay from Malmö universitet/Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle (KS)

Abstract: The researchers predict a future, where people’s interaction with things is decreased and things become more autonomous, requiring less control from people, aiming to make life easier. However, the question is if we really are ready to let go of the control over such systems in order to have easier life. This is what this research through design project is aiming to find out through a research question How the different user interaction modalities with IoT devices at home influence the sense of control for users? and sub-question How the sense of control over IoT devices would influence how people trust them? With the help of prototype, questionnaire and online sessions, two lists of guidelines were created, consisting of points to consider while designing for such systems from control and trust perspective.The angle was narrowed down to a morning routine and interaction with the alarm clock connected to a coffeemaker.

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