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Mobility as involvement: on the role of involvement in the design of mobile support systems for industrial application

  • Daniel Fallman
Original Article


In this article, the concept of mobility is examined theoretically, from a phenomenological perspective, as well as empirically, through two design case studies. First, a background to how the notion of mobility is generally conceptualized and used in academia as well as within industry is provided. From a phenomenological analysis, it becomes necessary to question the currently dominating understanding of mobility as first and foremost a provider of freedom from a number of constraints. Rather, it is argued, mobility needs to be understood primarily as quite the opposite; as being about getting involved in different contexts. Based on this analysis, it is described how such an altered way of understanding mobility has come to challenge our design team’s preconceptions of mobile interaction design and influence the design of two mobile support system for service and maintenance in industrial settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Interactive InstituteKistaSweden

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