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  • Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home

Kirk, David, Chatting, David, Yurman, Paulina and Bichard, Jo-Anne, 2016, Conference or Workshop, Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home at CHI 2016: CHI4Good, California, USA, 7-12 May 2016.

Abstract or Description:

Changing patterns of both work-related mobility and domestic arrangements mean that ‘mobile workers’ face challenges to support and engage in family life whilst travelling for work. Phatic devices offer some potential to provide connection at a distance alongside existing communications infrastructure. Through a bespoke design process, incorporating phases of design ethnography, critical technical practice and provotyping we have developed Ritual Machines I and II as material explorations of mobile workers’ lives and practices. In doing this we sought to reflect upon the practices through which families accomplish mobile living, the values they place in technology for doing ‘family’ at a distance and to draw insights in to the potential roles of digital technology in supporting them. We frame the design of our phatic devices in discussion of processes of bespoke design, offer advice on supporting mobile workers when travelling and articulate the values of making a technology at home when designing for domestic and mobile settings.

Official URL: https://chi2016.acm.org/wp/
Subjects: Other > Social studies > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Funders: EPSRC
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858424
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 18:30
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 18:30
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2402

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