Designing specialized technology to aid assistance dogs

Robinson, Charlotte (2014). Designing specialized technology to aid assistance dogs. In: Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct Publication, ACM, pp. 343–348.




Interest is growing in studying canine and human relationships, especially working canines and their role in society. Interest is also growing in designing informed, user centered interactive technologies for animals. Combining these two themes, my doctoral research looks at creating user-centered, ethnographically informed designs for working animals (working dogs). The work examines existing design methodologies and posits new ones to contribute to a wider Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) framework to design for and with animal users. Here I review the initial findings of the on-going work to develop an emergency alert alarm for assistance dog use.

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