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We introduce the PlaceLab, a new "living laboratory" for the study of ubiquitous technologies in home settings. The PlaceLab is a tool for researchers developing context-aware and ubiquitous interaction technologies. It complements more traditional data gathering instruments and methods, such as home ethnography and laboratory studies. We describe the data collection capabilities of the laboratory and current examples of its use. 


Ubiquitous computing, context-aware, living laboratory, home, sensors, research methods, ethnography.


This work was supported, in part, by National Science Foundation ITR grant #0313065 and the House n Consortium. The PlaceLab is a joint MIT and TIAX, LLC initiative.