In this paper we review the emerging field of responsive environments as an ambient intelligence system with a focus on user experience. Inspired by different authors in the field of Ambient Intelligence, we redefine Responsive environments as physical spaces, such as city squares, public halls, etc, that are enhanced with the use of technology and media. The concept of responsive environments is defined in relation to ambient intelligence highlighting system-centred approach based on which it has been developed, and user-centred approach that we believe is the direction to follow. The different approaches to the interfaces are contributing to a better understanding of the challenges of selecting the right interaction principle. Furthermore, context awareness and user experience have an important contribution to the success of a responsive environment. An environment where the aesthetic of interaction, user engagement, access, embodiment and intimacy are also to be taken into account in the design and specifications phases.
Authors Jorge Alves Lino, Ben Salem & Matthias Rauterberg
Keywords Ambient intelligence, responsive environment, user experience, ubiquitous computing, adaptive architecture
Published in Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: IOS Press (November 2010)