Designing interactive public displays in caring environments: A case study of OutLook

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Abstract

In the past decades, we have witnessed a proliferation of interactive public displays for advertisement, entertainment and exhibition. We believe they also have great potential in the public spaces of caring environments if supported by related knowledge of design and research. This study explores how to design and evaluate interactive public displays in caring environments with a case study. In this paper, we describe the design process of OutLook, which is part of an initial participatory system specially designed for nursing homes to explore the possibilities of connecting people. It aims to enhance nursing home residents' social wellbeing through a "look-outside" and a "postcard-sending" metaphor. A field trial was performed to assess the effects of OutLook on nursing home residents' social behavior and feelings of connectedness. Key design factors for the effects and lessons learned were proposed as regard to design concept, design ideation, form of design, content, interfaces, interactions and field trial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-443
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • ageing society
  • case study
  • Interactive public display
  • nursing home
  • social interaction

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