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Hermes@Home: supporting awareness and intimacy between distant family members

Saslis-Lagoudakis, Geogios and Cheverst, Keith and Dix, Alan and Fitton, Daniel and Rouncefield, Mark (2006) Hermes@Home: supporting awareness and intimacy between distant family members. In: OZCHI '06: Proceedings of the 18th Australia conference on Computer-Human Interaction. ACM, New York, pp. 23-30. ISBN 1-59593-545-2

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Abstract

This paper presents the Hermes@Home system, which supports awareness (through messaging) between members of a home. Person(s) 'away' from the home can send messages via a web portal to an 'always on' 'information appliance' style display situated in the home, while people at home can scribble messages on the touch sensitive display of this unit for reception by the person(s) away from the home. The system was conceived as a technology probe and serves as a tool in investigating related issues such as awareness and intimacy between home inhabitants. It supplements existing communication methods by providing a highly expressive and always-available messaging method. We present some findings and initial results from a preliminary analysis of messages sent through the system during four deployments, identifying emerging themes in message content. In addition, we also present some of the issues that have surfaced through these deployments in a domestic environment.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 56232
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2012 09:27
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56232

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