Bridging technical and HCI research : creating usable ubiquitous computing

Cederman-Haysom, Tim & Brereton, Margot (2004) Bridging technical and HCI research : creating usable ubiquitous computing. In Hyland, P & Vrazalic, L (Eds.) The 2004 Conference for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (OZCHI), 22 - 24 November 2004, Australia, New South Wales, Wollongong.

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This paper describes methods used to support collaboration and communication between practitioners, designers and engineers when designing ubiquitous computing systems. We tested methods such as “Wizard of Oz” and design games in a real domain, the dental surgery, in an attempt to create a system that is: affordable; minimally disruptive of the natural flow of work; and improves human-computer interaction. In doing so we found that such activities allowed the practitioners to be on a ‘level playing ground’ with designers and engineers. The findings we present suggest that dentists are willing to engage in detailed exploration and constructive critique of technical design possibilities if the design ideas and prototypes are presented in the context of their work practice and are of a resolution and relevance that allow them to jointly explore and question with the design time. This paper is an extension of a short paper submitted to the Participatory Design Conference, 2004.

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ID Code: 26110
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Human-centred design, participatory design, interaction design, design games, ubiquitous computing, multimodal interfaces
ISBN: 1 74128 079 6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Tim Cederman-Haysom and Margot Brereton © 2004
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