Playful probing: making probing more fun

Regina Bernhaupt, Astrid Weiss, Marianna Obrist, Manfred Tscheligi

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We present a methodological variation of cultural probing called playful probing. In playful probing games are developed according to the area investigated, to enhance participants' involvement in the studies. The games are used as additional probing material and enhance participants' involvement. Based on an experimental case study with 40 households participating in a ethnographic study on new forms of media usage in the home context we show how playful probing can successful support users' engagement during the ethnographic study. We found interesting insights, for example the amount of data provided on creative cards doubled for households using the playful probing approach compared to households not using playful probing. Thus the methodological extension seems worth the effort when used in ethnographic studies within the home context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2007 - 11th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages14
EditionPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event11th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2007 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 Sept 200714 Sept 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume4662 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2007
CityRio de Janeiro


  • Computer technology usage in households
  • Cultural probes
  • Ethnography
  • Interactive TV
  • Method
  • Playful


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