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Visions, values, and videos: Revisiting envisionings in service of UbiComp design for the home

Nilsson, T; Fischer, JE; Crabtree, A; Goulden, M; Spence, J; Costanza, E; (2020) Visions, values, and videos: Revisiting envisionings in service of UbiComp design for the home. In: DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. (pp. pp. 827-839). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

UbiComp has been envisioned to bring about a future dominated by calm computing technologies making our everyday lives ever more convenient. Yet the same vision has also attracted criticism for encouraging a solitary and passive lifestyle. The aim of this paper is to explore and elaborate these tensions further by examining the human values surrounding future domestic UbiComp solutions. Drawing on envisioning and contravisioning, we probe members of the public (N=28) through the presentation and focus group discussion of two contrasting animated video scenarios, where one is inspired by 'calm' and the other by 'engaging' visions of future UbiComp technology. By analysing the reasoning of our participants, we identify and elaborate a number of relevant values involved in balancing the two perspectives. In conclusion, we articulate practically applicable takeaways in the form of a set of key design questions and challenges.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Visions, values, and videos: Revisiting envisionings in service of UbiComp design for the home
Event: DIS '20
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3357236.3395476
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3357236.3395476
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114080
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