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Using Cultural Probes to Inform the Design of Assistive Technologies

  • Michael Brown
  • Allen Tsai
  • Sharon Baurley
  • Therese Koppe
  • Glyn Lawson
  • Jennifer Martin
  • Tim Coughlan
  • Meretta Elliott
  • Stephen Green
  • Unna Arunachalam
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8510)

Abstract

This paper discusses the practical implications of applying cultural probes to drive the design of assistive technologies. Specifically we describe a study in which a probe was deployed with home-based carers of people with dementia in order to capture critical data and gain insights of integrating the technologies into this sensitive and socially complex design space. To represent and utilise the insights gained from the cultural probes, we created narratives based on the probe data to enhance the design of assistive technologies.

Keywords

Cultural probes Assistive technology Dementia Design 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Brown
    • 1
    • 2
  • Allen Tsai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sharon Baurley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Therese Koppe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Glyn Lawson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jennifer Martin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tim Coughlan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Meretta Elliott
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephen Green
    • 1
    • 2
  • Unna Arunachalam
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Engineering and DesignBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.Horizon Digital Economy ResearchUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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