The Photostroller: Supporting Diverse Care Home Residents in Engaging with the World

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Author(s)Gaver W, Boucher A, Bowers J, Blythe M, Jarvis N, Cameron D, Kerridge T, Wilkie A, Phillips R, Wright P
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameProceedings of the Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
Conference LocationVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Year of Conference2011
Legacy Date7-12 May 2010
Sponsor(s)SIGCHI ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
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The Photostroller is a device designed for use by residents of a care home for older people. It shows a continuous slideshow of photographs retrieved from the Flickr™ image website using a set of six predefined categories modified by a tuneable degree of 'semantic drift'. In this paper, we describe the design process that led to the Photostroller, and summarise observations made during a deployment in the care home that has lasted over two months at the time of writing. We suggest that the Photostroller balances constraint with openness, and control with drift, to provide an effective resource for the ludic engagement of a diverse group of older people with each other and the world outside their home.
PublisherACM Press
NotesCHI (Computer-Human Interaction) is the ACM’s premier international conference on human factors in computing systems. The acceptance rate for papers was 27%. The paper is one of the outputs from the Landscapes project which is funded by the RCUK New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. Landscapes seeks to design innovative ICTs for the older old (people over 85, often frail and vulnerable) and has been carrying out user research and participatory design in particularly challenging residential environments.
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