Congratulations to Leena Alghamdi, Mamtaj Akter, Jess Kropczynski, Pamela Wisniewski, and Heather Lipford for getting their paper “Co-designing Community-based Sharing of Smarthome Devices for the Purpose of Co-monitoring In-home Emergencies” accepted at CHI 2023.
Co-designing Community-based Sharing of Smarthome Devices for the Purpose of Co-monitoring In-home Emergencies
Abstract: We conducted 26 co-design interviews with 50 smarthome device owners to understand the perceived benefits, drawbacks, and design considerations for developing a smarthome system that facilitates co-monitoring with emergency contacts who live outside of one’s home. Participants felt that such a system would help ensure their personal safety, safeguard from material loss, and give them peace of mind by ensuring quick response and verifying potential threats. However, they also expressed concerns regarding privacy, overburdening others, and other potential threats, such as unauthorized access and security breaches. To alleviate these concerns, participants designed flexible and granular access control and fail-safe back-up features. Our study reveals why peer-based co-monitoring of smarthomes for emergencies may be beneficial but also difficult to implement. Based on the insights gained from our study, we provide recommendations for designing technologies that facilitate such co-monitoring while mitigating its risks.