Roaming objects: encoding digital histories of use into shared objects and tools

Anton Fedosov, William Odom, Marc Langheinrich, Ron Wakkary

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An increasing number of non-profit groups and organizations have formed "libraries" of shared things to leverage the collaborative use of underutilized resources (e.g., power tools) for the benefit of local communities. Their key challenges are the transience and anonymity of their members, and how to nurture creative interactions among them. We designed and developed Roaming Objects, an interactive system aimed at supporting the capture and sharing of equipment-use experiences among these members. We deployed the system for two months in a tool-sharing cooperative to explore how it may help to address these challenges. We offer insights into how resource sharing cooperatives and collectives could be better supported, by proposing design opportunities that facilitate sharing both physical objects and digital information about their use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5198-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, (DIS2018) - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018


Conference2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, (DIS2018)
Abbreviated titleDIS2018
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Collaborative consumption
  • Digital histories
  • Interaction design
  • Sharing economy
  • Tool-use experiences

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