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Tangible Social Network System: Visual Markers for Social Network
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Tangible social network system is a home-based communication solution specifically designed for elders. Former researches indicate that insufficient communication among elders cause several challenges in their daily activities such as social isolation, loneliness, depression and decreased appetite. In addition, lack of social participation increases the risk of Alzheimer´s (Ligt Enid, 1990). The major cause of these challenges are that elders are increasingly removed from communication technology using emails, text messaging, interact with social network systems and mobile phones due to cognitive and physical difficulties. To overcome this problem, new suggested social network system incorporates photo frame and photo album based interaction which allows instantaneous participation to the social network. By designing the new social network system, I tried to create an easier venue for more active cross-generational communication between elders and younger family members.This paper discusses the early results of the marker based social networking system aiming to propose digital technologies to enhance the social life of older people, who live alone their home. A prototype combining a touch screen, photo frame and a camera are described. It allows the older people to manage their participation to the social network system and get in touch with their loved ones. This paper demonstrates a User Sensitive inclusive Design (USID) process from the generation of user needs to the evaluation prototype. A key theme of tangible social network system shows how usable and emotional design derived from a user inclusive design process can encourage elders to adopt new modern technology. A first evaluation has shown the usability as well as the good acceptance of this system.

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2010. , 15 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 03
Keyword [en]
social networking, tangible social network, AGNES project, elderly, usability evaluation, design and development, embodied interaction, ubiquitous computing, data flow diagram, flowchart, social network system for older people, social network and ageing
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Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34927OAI: diva2:326942
2010-06-04, MA 226, Umeå Universitet, 09:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-27 Created: 2010-06-24 Last updated: 2010-06-28Bibliographically approved

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