Technology Probes: Inspiring Design for and with Families

dc.contributor.authorHutchinson, Hilaryen_US
dc.contributor.authorBederson, Benjamin B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDruin, Allisonen_US
dc.contributor.authorPlaisant, Catherineen_US
dc.contributor.authorMackay, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Helenen_US
dc.contributor.authorHansen, Heikoen_US
dc.description.abstractWe describe a new methodology for designing technologies for and with families called technology probes. Technology probes are simple, flexible, adaptable technologies introduced into families' homes with three interdisciplinary goals: the social science goal of collecting data about the use of the technology in a real-world setting, the engineering goal of field-testing the technology, and the design goal of inspiring users and designers to think about new technologies. We present the results of designing and deploying two technology probes, the MessageProbe and the VideoProbe, with families in France, Sweden, and the U.S. We conclude with our plans for creating new technologies based on our experiences. Keywords Design Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Home, Ethnography, Participatory Design and Cooperative Design, User Studies and Fieldwork (UMIACS-TR-2002-87) (HCIL-TR-2002-16)en_US
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dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTech Reports in Computer Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUMIACS Technical Reportsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUM Computer Science Department; CS-TR-4407en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUMIACS; UMIACS-TR-2002-87en_US
dc.titleTechnology Probes: Inspiring Design for and with Familiesen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US


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