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ThinkMind // SMART 2015, The Fourth International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies // View article smart_2015_1_30_40042


Example of a New Smart Kitchen Model for Energy Efficiency and Usability

Authors:
Silvia Ceccacci
Roberto Menghi
Michele Germani

Keywords: Smart kitchen; user centered design; accessibility; context and energy awareness

Abstract:
The paper presents the design, the implementation and the evaluation of an innovative smart kitchen called E-Kitchen where the technology is intended to make everyday life easier increasing comfort, energy efficiency, usability and safety. E-Kitchen is a kitchen environment, completely redesigned according to User-Centered Design approach,which implements a home automation system based on ZigBee communication technology. It integrates several devices: smart household appliances, devices connected with smart plugs, sensors, lighting systems. A qualitative usability assessment, which involved final users, highlighted that adopted solution is able to enhance the accessibility and usability of the kitchen especially for the elderly. Moreover, it allows to increase the users' energy awareness and it contributes to increase energy saving.

Pages: 12 to 18

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2015

Publication date: June 21, 2015

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-3727

ISBN: 978-1-61208-414-5

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: from June 21, 2015 to June 26, 2015

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