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Design with care

Cheverst, Keith and Clarke, Karen and Cobb, Sue and Hemmings, Terry and Kember, S. and Mitchell, Keith and Phillips, Peter and Procter, R. and Rodden, Tom and Rouncefield, Mark (2001) Design with care. New Technology in the Human Services, 14 (1 & 2). pp. 39-47. ISSN 0959-0684

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    Abstract

    This paper is primarily about design and some of the difficulties of 'appropriate' design in care settings: about the interaction between technologies, application domains, design methodologies and about some of the challenges of informing design. This is hardly a novel concern, but this particular focus arises as a consequence of digital technologies maturing and transferring to the everyday domain; as the convergence of interactive digital systems, networks and mobile devices potentially transforms the ways that we carry out mundane, everyday activities. In recent years, the increasing presence of computing technology in the domestic environment has emerged as an important new arena of study. Domestic environments are becoming key sites for the consumption of information and communication technologies - embracing, in the 'care' domain, various forms of 'assistive' technologies and the design and provision of 'smart' homes. This paper reports on a recently initiated research project 'Care in the Digital Community' - begun under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Dependability Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (DIRC) Network project EQUATOR. The project aims to use a multidisciplinary research team to facilitate the development of enabling technologies to assist care in the community for particular user groups with different support needs. The general objective is to examine how digital technology can be used to support sheltered housing residents and their staff. Although only recently started, the project anticipates exploring the affordances of a variety of technological configurations, including the use of virtual environments replicating real world situations, and the use of handheld and wearable digital technology to provide support.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New Technology in the Human Services
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 11928
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 28 May 2008 23:28
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 13:23
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11928

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