Using gestures to interact with home automation systems
Villanueva, Marcel Lowell G. (2018)
Villanueva, Marcel Lowell G.
School of Engineering Science, Tietotekniikka
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Homes and working spaces are considered significant contributors of energy consumption and carbon emissions worldwide. Previous studies in the field of home- and building automation have demonstrated the sustainability gain brought by smart home solutions, in terms of energy-efficiency, economic savings, and enhanced living and working conditions. A major barrier, however, to the adoption of these solutions is the complexity and limited usability of user interfaces. As a response to these challenges, this study investigates the use of gestures as a natural way of controlling and interacting with home automation systems. Using the available motion capture technology, a gesture dictionary will be defined as a set of meaning actions in free-form and in-air movements. A usability test will be conducted to measure the resulting socio-technical aspects. Lastly, the study will present the analysis and effects of gestures control for a higher up-take of smart home solutions towards designing and maintaining buildings of the future that are both user-centric and resource efficient to reduce our overall carbon footprint.