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The Photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world

Gaver, William; Wright, Peter; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Blythe, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex and Phillips, Robert. April 04 - 09, 2009. The Photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world. pp. 1757-2222. [Article]

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Abstract or Description

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 FlickrTM 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.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1145/1978942.1979198

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Design
Design > Interaction Research Studio

Dates:

DateEvent
10 May 2011Published

Event Location:

Vancouver, United Kingdom

Date range:

April 04 - 09, 2009

Item ID:

6227

Date Deposited:

30 Nov 2011 11:21

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2017 13:09

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/6227

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