Domisilica: Providing Ubiquitous Access to the Home
Mankoff, Jennifer C.
Abowd, Gregory D.
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The Domisilica project is exploring future computing environments centered around the home. We envision a future in which objects in the home, such as appliances and rooms, are enhanced with computational capabilities that make them accessible away from the home. Our approach has been to add computational power to real world objects located in the home, and to provide a centralized model of the home which can be used to integrate a wide variety of services and is accessible remotely. This paper focuses on issues of interface modes and accessibility which arose as we developed Domisilica. These include extending the affordances of real world objects to provide new services, providing remote access through a variety of connections both impoverished and broad, and providing universal access for all types of people including people with disabilities, children, and older adults. Keywords: