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The Break-Time Barometer: An Exploratory System for Workplace Break-time Social Awareness

Lookup NU author(s): Reuben Kirkham, Seb Mellor, Dave Green, Dr Karim Ladha, Dr Cassim Ladha, Dan Jackson, Professor Patrick Olivier, Professor Peter Wright, Dr Thomas Ploetz

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Abstract

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.


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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

Pages: 73-82

Print publication date: 08/09/2013

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2493432.2493468

DOI: 10.1145/2493432.2493468

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450317702


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