Lookup NU author(s): Reuben Kirkham,
Dr Karim Ladha,
Dr Cassim Ladha,
Professor Patrick Olivier,
Professor Peter Wright,
Dr Thomas Ploetz
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The Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to use an ambient persuasion approach in order to encourage people to join existing breaks which take place within this community. Drawing upon a privacy-sensitive ubiquitous sensing infrastructure, the system offers information about potentially break-related activity in social spaces within this workplace, including alerts when specific events are detected. The system was developed using a user-centered iterative design approach. A qualitative mixed methods evaluation of a full deployment identified a diverse set of reactions to both the system and the design goal, and further elaborated the challenges of designing for social connectedness in this complex workplace context.
Author(s): Kirkham R, Mellor S, Green D, Lin J, Ladha K, Ladha C, Jackson D, Olivier P, Wright P, Ploetz T
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)
Year of Conference: 2013
Print publication date: 08/09/2013
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
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