Materializing social presence: Exploring the Internet of Things using a Research through Design approach

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Materializing social presence: Exploring the Internet of Things using a Research through Design approach
Author(s) Göttert, Rebecca
Date 2016
English abstract
This thesis examines the role connected devices in the home could play for maintaining and taking care of close relationships of people living apart. Communication tools nowadays offer many different ways of communicating and they are mostly focused on mobile devices. Social presence describes the feeling that humans have when communicating with each other and can be mediated through communication tools in different strengths. The Internet of Things is one rapidly developing branch of contemporary technology and estimates say by 2020 about 200 billion devices will be connected. This research focuses on the possibilities the Internet of Things offers to the notion of social presence in the domestic setting by exploring how we feel interrupted by current devices: Through a Research through Design approach, alternative concepts will be developed to materialize the feeling of social presence.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 70
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Interaction Design
Social Presence
Tangible Interaction
Internet of Things
Research through Design
Domestic setting
Closeness
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21109 (link to this page)

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