Towards an analysis framework of technology habituation by older users

Soro, Alessandro, Brereton, Margot, & Roe, Paul (2016) Towards an analysis framework of technology habituation by older users. In ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 4-8 June 2016, Brisbane, Qld. (In Press)

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Smart everyday objects could support the wellbeing, independent living and social connectedness of ageing people, but their successful adoption depends upon them fitting with their skills, values and goals. Many technologies fail in this respect. Our work is aimed at designs that engage older people by building on their individual affective attachment to habituated objects and leveraging, from a participatory design perspective, the creative process through which people continuously adapt their homes and tools to their own lifestyle. We contribute a novel analytic framework based on an analysis of related research on appropriation and habituated objects. It identifies steps in appropriation from inspection to performance and habituation. We test this framework with the preliminary testing of an augmented habituated object, a messaging kettle. While only used in one home so far, its daily use has provoked many thoughts, scenarios and projections about use by friends, both practical, utopian and dystopian.

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ID Code: 94949
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Smart, Things, Kettle, Habituation, Analysis, Framework, Appropriation, Adoption, Acceptance, Messaging, Routines, Rituals, Older Users, Positive Ageing
DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 18 Apr 2016 23:51
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2016 13:59

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