Chapter 10

Field Trials with Multiple Connected Households

Tejinder K. Judge,  and Carman Neustaedter§     Google Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA     §School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada


Given the challenges in replicating domestic settings in a lab environment, field trials are commonly used for studying and evaluating domestic technologies. Yet field trials are not always easy to conduct and can be especially challenging when used to evaluate systems that connect multiple homes together. We discuss the use of field trials in domestic settings by describing the design and evaluation of Family Portals, a multi-home video media space that connects three families' homes to promote feelings of connectedness ...

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