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Fostering sustainable product development and bundling the market’s complexity


The “habitat Network – Smart Home Services” is an cooperation of experienced companies and research institutes that are all aiming for the same goal: developing sustainable Smart Home solutions with early and active user-involvement (Living Labs). Emerging solutions address end-users’ real-world needs and are intuitive. In our opinion, experiencing Smart Homes is what matters; the technical components should remain in the background.

The network was established by the research project SmartLive, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the “Mittelstand-Digital” research area.


  • Interdisciplinary know-how of experts from industry and academia
  • Neutral and independent consulting service
  • Agility and an iterative and user-centered design processes in developing Smart Home solutions (in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9241-210)
  • Strong methodological competences and technical infrastructure
  • Direct and personal cooperation with end-users

These aspects benefit the development and design of new Smart Home solutions. They enhance usability and user experience and minimize the risks and expenses of undesirable developments.


Network of professional partners in the Smart Home market


From the idea to the product – from a single source

Understanding users and usage contexts, analyzing requirements and needs, investigating future trends

Technical and product-related consulting, training for developers and Smart Home marketing

Concepts, designs and development involving Living Labs’ test households

Enhanced usability and user experience through early and iterative evaluations in lab settings and field studies

Success Stories

Creating concepts and solutions together with end-users

  • Shop & Play

    Shop and configure your smart home online – unpack and ready to use at home

  • Gateway Design

    Technology design for the living room

  • open.Dash

    A flexible and personalizable information system for smart home data

  • Digital Showroom

    Information platform for smart home beginner


Stefan Schulze-Sturm



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