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Celebratory Technology to Orchestrate the Sharing of Devices and Stories during Family Mealtimes

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Comber, Dr Geremy Farr-Wharton



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM Press, 2017.

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While the idea of “celebratory technologies” during family mealtimes to support positive interactions at the dinner table is promising, there are few studies that investigate how these technologies can be meaningfully integrated into family practices. This paper presents the deployment of Chorus – a mealtime technology that orchestrates the sharing of personal devices and stories during family mealtimes, explores related content from all participants’ devices, and supports revisiting previously shared content. A three-week field deployment with seven families shows that Chorus augments family interactions through sharing contents of personal and familial significance, supports togetherness and in-depth discussion by combining resources from multiple devices, helps to broach sensitive topics into familial conversation, and encourages participation from all family members including children. We discuss implications of this research and reflect on design choices and opportunities that can further enhance the family mealtime experience.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ferdous HS, Vetere F, Davis H, Ploderer B, O'Hara K, Comber R, Farr-Wharton G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 6960-6972

Online publication date: 11/05/2017

Acceptance date: 27/02/2017

Date deposited: 03/04/2017

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025492