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Celebratory Technology to Orchestrate the Sharing of Devices and Stories during Family Mealtimes

HS Ferdous, F Vetere, H Davis, B Ploderer, K O'Hara, R Comber, G Farr-Wharton

Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2017

Abstract

While the idea of “celebratory technologies” during family mealtimes to support positive interactions at the dinner table is promising, there are few studies that investigate how these technologies can be meaningfully integrated into family practices. This paper presents the deployment of Chorus – a mealtime technology that orchestrates the sharing of personal devices and stories during family mealtimes, explores related content from all participants’ devices, and supports revisiting previously shared content. A three-week field deployment with seven families shows that Chorus augments family interactions through sharing contents of personal and familial significance, supports togetherness and..

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