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Objects with Intent: Designing Everyday Things as Collaborative Partners
Delft University of Technology.
Delft University of Technology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2019 (English)In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ISSN 1073-0516, E-ISSN 1557-7325, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 1-30, article id 26Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In HCI there is an increasing trend to approach computing artifacts as agents. In this article, we make a case for “Objects with Intent” (OwI’s) as an emerging type of agents that take advantage of the meaning of everyday things as the site for their intelligence and agency. After reviewing relevant existing research in HCI and related fields, we demonstrate how OwI’s provide a new perspective on human–agent interaction. We then elaborate on how the notion of OwI’s is informed by Dennett’s theory of intentionality and Leontiev’s Activity Theory. Thereafter, we illustrate the application of OwI’s through the design case of Fizzy, a robotic ball used to stimulate hospitalized children to engage in physical play. We end by discussing the nature and merit of OwI’s and reflecting more broadly on the challenges involved in designing OwI’s.

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NY: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2019. Vol. 26, no 4, p. 1-30, article id 26
Keywords [en]
Activity theory, objects with intent, interaction design, smart objects, Human-centered computing, Interaction paradigms, HCI theory
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Human Aspects of ICT Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164174DOI: 10.1145/3325277Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067575597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164174DiVA, id: diva2:1361013
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-05316Available from: 2019-10-15 Created: 2019-10-15 Last updated: 2019-10-18

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