Journal article

Reciprocal Habituation: A Study of Older People and the Kinect

Bjorn Nansen, Frank Vetere, Toni Robertson, John Downs, Margot Brereton, Jeannette Durick

ACM Transactions on Computer - Human Interaction | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2014


We explore relationships between habits and technology interaction by reporting on older people's experience of the Kinect for Xbox. We contribute to theoretical and empirical understandings of habits in the use of technology to inform understanding of the habitual qualities of our interactions with computing technologies, particularly systems exploiting natural user interfaces. We situate ideas of habit in relation to user experience and usefulness in interaction design, and draw on critical approaches to the concept of habit from cultural theory to understand the embedded, embodied, and situated contexts in our interactions with technologies. We argue that understanding technology habits a..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP110101999). We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the late Steve Howard (University of Melbourne) and the thoughtful feedback from the anonymous reviewers, and we thank all of our participants who shared their homes and experiences with us.