The photostroller: Supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world

William Gaver, Andrew Boucher, John Bowers, Mark Blythe, Nadine Jarvis, David Cameron, Tobie Kerridge, Alex Wilkie, Robert Phillips, Peter Wright

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The Photostroller is a device designed for use by residents of a care home for older people. It shows a continuous slideshow of photographs retrieved from the Flickr™ image website using a set of six predefined categories modified by a tuneable degree of 'semantic drift'. In this paper, we describe the design process that led to the Photostroller, and summarise observations made during a deployment in the care home that has lasted over two months at the time of writing. We suggest that the Photostroller balances constraint with openness, and control with drift, to provide an effective resource for the ludic engagement of a diverse group of older people with each other and the world outside their home.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2011 conference proceedings and extended abstracts, Vancouver, BC, USA, May 7 - 12, 2011 ; the 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)9781450302289
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2011

Research Group keywords

  • Interaction Research Studio


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