Making Ritual Machines: The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products

Chatting, David, Kirk, David, Durrant, Abigail, Elsden, Chris, Yurman, Paulina and Bichard, Jo-Anne (2017) Making Ritual Machines: The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products. In: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), 7th - 11th May 2017, Denver.

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Viewing the mobile telephone as a networked material, we demonstrate the ways in which we have used it to make Research Products for the ‘Family Rituals 2.0’ inquiry of families separated by work. Drawing from a diversity of sources we survey and deconstruct the phone as a material that can be worked to a vast range of technical effects, extended by hardware and configured by software. We demonstrate the transformations of hacking and prototyping practices necessary to construct complex Research Products through the case study of our machines. We offer the Interaction Design community seven specific and actionable techniques for using mobile telephones in Research Products. Finally, we open up a broader discussion for researchers and practitioners using mobile phones as a design material in their work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: prototype, research product, mobile telephone, tangible
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: David Kirk
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 08:43
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:19

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