Special Issue "The Advent of Smart Homes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018).
Interests: smart home; smart space; business and service model in smart home; Internet of Things; sustainability of human beings
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The Smart Home originated from Home Automation, a concept that was on the rise in the late 1980s. Home Automation allowed household appliances to be controlled remotely through On/Off switches, telecommuting through email, and the supply of various contents through cable TV. Since the 2000s, ubiquitously, the concept that people can access networks at any time without locational constraints, appeared and this led to the development towards connecting all home appliances to a communication system, thus, aiming to create a network-oriented smart home environment. However, there were prevalent limitations in providing meaningful value to users and the society at large through home-appliance-oriented Smart Home technology, and the development of Smart Home soon entered a period of stagnation.
More recently, the supply of mobile entities, the improvement of wireless Internet, the emergence of Cloud Services, the sophistication of low-energy high-performance energy technologies, and other forms of convergence technologies based Internet of Things (IoT) have opened a new era for Smart Home technology. IoT-oriented Smart Home aims to collect human-machine interaction, then analyze, predict, and utilize information in solving life problems. Based on this, Smart Home is shifting to Smart Space, a paradigm that solves potential personal and societal problems and further provides new value to the world. There is ongoing various research developments on the subject of Smart Space, and new business models and service platforms are emerging.
Though the development of Smart Homes fluctuates, Smart Home by nature exists in the heart of human life and thus has the potential to be the starting point of solving modern world problems such as pollution, the economical gap between nations, increase in energy costs, global aging, etc. In other words, technologies that increase Smart Home’s sustainability also contribute significantly to the sustainability of environment, culture, economy, and society. Thus, the purpose of the Special Issue is to exchange ideas and thoughts on technologies that enhance Smart Home sustainability from an environmental, cultural, economical, and societal viewpoint, additionally sharing various technologies that can contribute to the shift from Smart Home to Smart Space. We invite you to be apart of this cross-disciplinary experimental and theoretical research on the future of Smart Home.
- Climate change responses of smart homes
- Indoor air quality and energy management technologies
- Eco-friendly business and service model for smart home sustainability
- Appropriate technologies of smart homes for developing countries
- User-friendly smart home technologies for Information Minority Group
- Role of cultural context in the acceptance of smart home technologies
- Low cost zero-energy house for smart home sustainability
- Cost-effective smart home design technologies
- Economic evaluation of smart home service model
- Healthcare and wellness service in smart homes
- Ecological smart home technologies for solving social problems
- Safety, privacy, and trust in smart home
- Retrofit design of smart homes for smart space
- Internet of things and big data in future smart home
- Green energy technologies for smart space
- Valuable service and hyper-connected platform for smart space