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

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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.

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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)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

Year of Conference: 2011

Pages: 1757-1767

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/1978942.1979198

Notes: CHI (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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Sponsor(s): SIGCHI ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

ISBN: 9781450302289