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

Gaver, William, Boucher, Andy, Bowers, John, Blythe, Mark, Jarvis, Nadine, Cameron, David, Kerridge, Tobie, Wilkie, Alex, Phillips, Robert and Wright, Peter (2011) The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world. In: CHI 2011 conference proceedings and extended abstracts, Vancouver, BC, USA, May 7 - 12, 2011 ; the 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 1757-1766. ISBN 9781450302289

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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 Flickr™ 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.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was carried out in The Landscapes of Cross General Engagement project (RES-352-25-0030), which is part of the UK’s Joint Councils ‘New Dynamics of Ageing’ Research Programme. We are deeply grateful to the residents and carers at Jacob House (not its real name) for their participation and support.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older people, research through design, ludic engagement
Subjects: J900 Others in Technology
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 10:16
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 13:15

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