Evaluation of a pervasive awareness system designed for busy parents

J.V. Khan, P. Markopoulos, J.H. Eggen, G. Metaxas

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    Does pervasive technology have a role to play in supporting the communication of busy couples? Especially when they are already living together and already have a high degree of awareness of each other’s rhythms of daily life, their whereabouts and needs? A two week long field study of an awareness system allowed eight working couples to automatically exchange place, activity and calendar information as well as messages and photos. Data analysis provides both qualitative and quantitative evidence which suggest strongly that such a system can provide support for availability, coordination, reassurance and affection for this group. Findings which inform the design of such systems are: the need for transitions in places instead of location information to support coordination, the two tracks of daily communication of busy parents (reassurance and emergency) and usability barriers in current mobile applications which prevent this group from engaging in photo sharing. The contexts and unexpected uses that participants found in the system are described in detail
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)537-558
    JournalPervasive and Mobile Computing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


    • awareness systems
    • family communication


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