Smart House Matrix

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This page is about the smart house activity in the Cloud4all project (November 2011 – October 2015) and is now outdated.


This page is part of the Smart House Online Simulation activity. The matrix below shows the UI adaptations applicable for each appliance/persona pair.

Appliance/user group Blindness Dyslexia Low vision Hearing loss Deafness Severe motor problems Slight cognitive limitation
AEGIS Persona Paulina Reyes

Preference set

Nitesh Sarin

Preference set

Märta Hansson

Preference set

Edward Hodgins

Preference set

Tomasa Almaraz

Preference set

Mikel Vargas

Preference set

Peter Vandezande

Preference set

TV

The language is set to Spanish

Control of TV from phone. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see below).

When video is playing, audio description is turned on. -- There is no need to implement this since the Cloud4all demo video we are using has audio description embedded.

High contrast (white on black)

Increased font size

Control of TV from phone. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see below).

The language is set to German

High contrast (black on yellow)

Increased font size

Simple voice control

Volume

Captions automatically turned on

The language is set to Spanish

Simple voice control

Control from phone (or a similar app on a person's communication aid or environmental control on their wheel chair if they use one)

Simple voice control

Control from phone

Simple remote control with physical buttons also available for TV supporting button remapping - described in the deliverable

Smart phone

The language is set to Spanish

The smartphone provides access to the following:

  • TV
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  • Oven 
  • Washing machine 
  • Tumble Dryier
  • Refrigerator
  • Alarm clock [XX]

The UI for blind people should be simple vertical list as it is hard to find things left or right. The language should be more verbose (e.g. "Change temperature instead of just "Temperature"). The arrow keys should simulate sliding up/down on a touch screen. The type of the element should be anounced (e.g. title, button, etc.) at the end of the element name. There should be separate volume up/down buttons as a slider is not usable. Common text should be moved at the back (e.g. Captions button instead of Button for captions - or better: "Captions: now on (button)". There should be a single label at the top ("TV settings"). Screen reading should be built in (via a TTS engine).

High contrast (white on black)

Increased font size

Voice output

Person can use the smartphone to control products in the house that have poor visibility or that require reading that is beyond their ability. With the smart phone they can have:

  • voice output of the selections
  • enhanced video displays of the text [XX]

The language is set to German

High contrast (black on yellow)

Increased font size

Voice output

Simple voice control

Haptic feedback Haptic feedback

The language is set to Spanish

Simple voice control

Person can use a smartphone or a similar app on a person's communication aid or environmental control on their wheel chair if they use one) to control products in the house when they cannot use the physical controls on the devices.

Buttons on bottom edge of screen can be used by people who cannot use the full touch screen.  

ALSO bluetooth enabled switches can be used to navigate the screen from head rest or other adapted switches (They function like the arrowkeys and enter key or can autoscan) - described in the deliverable

Simple voice control

Very simple version of control app appears for this person for this user. Additionaly, simple navigation with arrow keys is available.

HVAC remote control

Control of HVAC from phone - since labels are hard printed on the remote. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see above).

High contrast (white on black)

Incresed font size

Control of HVAC from phone - since labels are hard printed on the remote. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see above).

Simple voice control

High contrast (black on yellow)

Incresed font size

Control of HVAC from phone - since labels are hard printed on the remote. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see above).

Alerts come to the phone

Alerts come to the phone

They can also check status of the HVAC from the phone since they can't hear if it is on or not. 

Simple voice control

Control from phone (or a similar app on a person's communication aid or environmental control on their wheel chair if they use one)

Simple voice control
Kitchen appliances

The language is set to Spanish

Control of appliances from phone - since labels might be hard printed on the appliance. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see above).

High contrast (white on black)

Increased font size

Control of appliances from phone - since labels might be hard printed on the appliance. The phone itself has an adapted UI (see above).

The language is set to German

High contrast (black on yellow)

Increased font size Simple voice control

Alerts come to the phone

Alerts come to the phone The language is set to Spanish

Simple voice control

Control from phone (or a similar app on a person's communication aid or environmental control on their wheel chair if they use one)

Simple voice control

Misc sensors (lights, blinds, etc.)  

Control of lights from phone [XX]

Alerts come to the phone [XX]

Alerts come to the phone [XX]

Control from phone [XX]

Lights are automatically turned on - described in the deliverable


Legend

Text in red is not implemented due to limited time - or low impact on user experience.

References

The personas were created by the AEGIS project. (To see which personas were left out, you can read an older version of this page.)