Using cultural probes to inform the design of assistive technologies

Brown, Michael; Tsai, Allen; Baurley, Sharon; Koppe, Therese; Lawson, Glyn; Martin, Jen; Coughlan, Tim; Elliott, Meretta; Green, Stephen and Arunachalam, Unna (2014). Using cultural probes to inform the design of assistive technologies. In: Human-Computer Interaction. Theories, Methods, and Tools, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 35–46.



This paper discusses the practical implications of applying cultural probes to drive the design of assistive technologies. Specifically we describe a study in which a probe was deployed with home based carers of people with dementia in order to capture critical data and gain insights of integrating the technologies into this sensitive and socially complex design space. To represent and utilise the insights gained from the cultural probes, we created narratives based on the probe data to enhance the design of assistive technologies.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 43487
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISBN
  • 3-319-07232-3, 978-3-319-07232-6
  • ISSN
  • 0302-9743
  • Keywords
  • assistive technologies; cultural probes; dementia
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
  • Depositing User
  • Tim Coughlan