Ubiquitous computing researchers suggest that technology embedded
within the home can augment communication and coordination of home
inhabitants. Our goal in this paper is to inform the design of effective home
information systems, where we determine how households now manage
communication and coordination. Through contextual interviews, we identify
four types of communicative information found in homes: reminders and notes,
awareness and scheduling, visual displays and alerts, and resource
coordination. We found that these information types are created and
understood by home inhabitants as a function of contextual locations within
the home. We also found that the choice of location is highly nuanced.
Location affects the time when others need to interact with that information,
the meaning of that information and what needs to be done with it, and the
ownership: who this information belongs to and who should receive it.
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