KidCam: Toward an Effective Technology for the Capture of Children’s Moments of Interest

  • Julie A. Kientz
  • Gregory D. Abowd
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5538)


Mobile applications of automated capture present many interesting design challenges, balancing the desire for rich media against ease of use and availability. In particular, capturing rich media of young children has many potential benefits, but remains a difficult challenge due to the many unique constraints of recording children. Motivated by the aim of supporting a parent’s need to record the life events of a young child, we have designed KidCam, a prototype rich media capture device. This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of KidCam and its goal of addressing some of the challenges of recording young children. Results from a three-month study with four families show that KidCam addresses some of the challenges of recording rich media of children, but there are still remaining hurdles. We discuss these remaining challenges, potential ideas for how they could be addressed, and emergent uses for KidCam beyond the initial domain for the creation of family memories.


Rich Medium Recording Device Effective Technology Camera Phone Birthday Party 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Abowd, G.D., Mynatt, E.D.: Charting past, present, and future research in ubiquitous computing. ACM ToCHI 7(1), 29–58 (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Allen, D., Ryan, K.: Microteaching. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., Reading (1969)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ashbrook, D., Lyons, K., Clawson, J.: Capturing Experiences Anytime, Anywhere. IEEE Pervasive Computing 5(2), 8–11 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Baranek, G.T., et al.: Object play in infants with autism: methodological issues in retrospective video analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 59(1), 20–30 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Brotherton, J.A., Abowd, G.D.: Lessons learned from eClass: Assessing automated capture and access in the classroom. ACM ToCHI 11(2), 121–155 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Fels, S., et al.: Building a context-aware mobile assistant for exhibition tours. In: The First Kyoto Meeting on Social Interaction and Communityware (1998)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Frohlich, D., Fennell, J.: Sound, paper and memorabilia: resources for a simpler digital photography. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 11(2), 107–116 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Geyer, W., Richter, H., Abowd, G.D.: Towards a Smarter Meeting Record–Capture and Access of Meetings Revisited. Multimedia Tools Appl. 27(3), 393–410 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Hansen, T.R., Bardram, J.E.: ActiveTheatre: a Collaborative, Event-based Capture and Access System for the Operating Theatre. In: Beigl, M., Intille, S.S., Rekimoto, J., Tokuda, H. (eds.) UbiComp 2005. LNCS, vol. 3660, pp. 375–392. Springer, Heidelberg (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Hayes, G.R., Gardere, L.M., Abowd, G.D., Truong, K.N.: CareLog: a selective archiving tool for behavior management in schools. In: Proc.of CHI 2008, Florence, Italy, April 5-10, pp. 685–694 (2008)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Hayes, G.R., Patel, S.N., Truong, K.N., Iachello, G., Kientz, J.A., Farmer, R., Abowd, G.D.: The Personal Audio Loop: Designing a Ubiquitous Audio-Based Memory Aid. In: Dunlop, M.D. (ed.) Mobile HCI 2004. LNCS, vol. 3160, pp. 168–179. Springer, Heidelberg (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Hayes, G.R., Poole, E.S., Iachello, G., Patel, S.N., Grimes, A., Abowd, G.D., Truong, K.N.: Physical, Social, and Experiential Knowledge in Pervasive Computing Environments. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6(4), 56–63 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Healey, J., Picard, R.W.: StartleCam: A Cybernetic Wearable Camera. In: Proc. of ISWC 1998, October 19-20, p. 42 (1998)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Hodges, S., Williams, L., Berry, E., Izadi, S., Srinivasan, J., Butler, A., Smyth, G., Kapur, N., Wood, K.: SenseCam: A Retrospective Memory Aid. In: Dourish, P., Friday, A. (eds.) UbiComp 2006. LNCS, vol. 4206, pp. 177–193. Springer, Heidelberg (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Kientz, J.A., Arriaga, R.I., Abowd, G.D.: Baby Steps: Evaluation of a System to Support Record-Keeping for Parents of Young Children. In: Proc. of CHI 2009 (2009)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Kientz, J.A., Hayes, G.R., Westeyn, T.L., Starner, T., Abowd, G.D.: Pervasive computing and autism: Assisting caregivers of children with special needs. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6(1), 28–35 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Kientz, J.A., Arriaga, R.I., Chetty, M., Hayes, G.R., Richardson, J., Patel, S.N., Abowd, G.D.: Grow and Know: understanding record-keeping needs for tracking the development of young children. In: Proc. of CHI 2007, pp. 1351–1360 (2007)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Kindberg, T., Spasojevic, M., Fleck, R., Sellen, A.: The Ubiquitous Camera: An In-Depth Study of Camera Phone Use. IEEE Pervasive Computing 4(2), 42–50Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Kindberg, T., Spasojevic, M., Fleck, R., Sellen, A.: I saw this and thought of you: some social uses of camera phones. In: Ext. Abs. of CHI 2005, pp. 1545–1548 (2005)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Lester, J., Choudhury, T., Kern, N., Borriello, G., Hannaford, B.: A hybrid discriminative/generative approach for modeling human activities. In: Proc. of IJCAI 2005, pp. 766–772 (2005)Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Minnen, D., Westeyn, T., Presti, P., Ashbrook, D., Starner, T.: Recognizing soldier activities in the field. In: Proc. of ISWC 2007. pp. 236–241 (2007)Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Pedersen, E.R., McCall, K., Moran, T.P., Halasz, F.G.: Tivoli: an electronic whiteboard for informal workgroup meetings. In: Proc. of CHI 1993, pp. 391–398 (1993)Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Pilu, M.: On the use of attention clues for an autonomous wearable camera. HP Tech. Report HPL-2002-195R1 (2003)Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Roy, D.: The Human Speechome Project. In: Proc. of the 28th Annual Cognitive Science Conference (2006)Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Truong, K.N., Huang, E.M., Abowd, G.D.: CAMP: A magnetic poetry interface for end-user programming of capture applications for the home. In: Davies, N., Mynatt, E.D., Siio, I. (eds.) UbiComp 2004. LNCS, vol. 3205, pp. 143–160. Springer, Heidelberg (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie A. Kientz
    • 1
  • Gregory D. Abowd
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Centered Design & Engineering and The Information School DUB GroupUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.School of Interactive Computing and Health Systems InstituteGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

Personalised recommendations