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An Overview of Sensors, Design and Healthcare Challenges in Smart Homes: Future Design Questions

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Article number1329
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>5/10/2021
Issue number10
Number of pages21
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The ageing population increases the demand for customized home care. As a result, sensing technologies are finding their way into the home environment. However, challenges associated with how users interact with sensors and data is not well researched, particularly from a design perspective. This review explores the literature on important research projects around sensors, design and smart healthcare in smart homes and highlights challenges for design research. A PRISMA protocol-based screening procedure is adopted to identify relevant articles (n=180) on the subject of sensors, design and smart healthcare. The exploration and analysis of papers are done using hierarchical charts, force-directed layouts and ‘bedraggled daisy’ Venn diagrams. The results show that much work has been done in developing sensors for smart home care. Less attention is focused on addressing challenges posed by sensors in homes, such as data accessibility, privacy, comfort, security, and accuracy, and how design research might provide solutions to these chal-lenges. This review raises key design research questions, particularly in working with sensors in smart home environments.