The messaging kettle: Prototyping connection over a distance between adult children and older parents

Brereton, Margot, Soro, Alessandro, Vaisutis, Kate, & Roe, Paul (2015) The messaging kettle: Prototyping connection over a distance between adult children and older parents. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15, ACM, Seoul, South Korea, pp. 713-716.

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A prototype "messaging kettle" is described. The connected kettle aims to foster communication and engagement with an older friend or relative who lives remotely, during the routine of boiling the kettle. We describe preliminary encounters and findings from demonstrating a working prototype in morning tea gatherings of people in their 50s-late 70s and from introducing it into the homes of two people in their 80s who live on another continent. Key findings are that: The concept of keeping in touch around a "habituated object" such as a kettle was well received; Simple and varied interaction modalities that allow asymmetric forms of communication are needed; Designing for use across different time zones requires attention; And, that even when augmenting a habituated object, the process of introduction, appropriation and habituation still needs significant attention and investigation.

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ID Code: 83786
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: internet of things, interfaces, elderly, habituated objects, tangible interaction, habituation, ikettle, ekettle
DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702462
ISBN: 9781450331456
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The authors
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2015 22:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 16:09

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