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of the InterLiving project is to, together with families, study and develop
technologies and artifacts for communication between generations.
InterLiving is coordinated by CID (Centre for User Oriented IT-Design),
at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Partners are INRIA
(Institut Nationale de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique), LRI
(Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique Université de Paris-Sud)
in France and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of
Maryland in the USA. InterLiving is funded for three years by EUs
program Disappearing Computer.
The aim of the InterLiving project is to develop technology that can contribute
to bringing family members together. In order to do so we need to know
what keeps families together.
We do not
only need to know what an artifact that the families are willing to place
in their different homes should do, how it should work. We need to get
the whole picture also including the products' appearance and expression.
We need to be able to design the artifacts in such a way that the families
will accept to have them in their homes. This can of course include all
kinds of aspects like status, exclusiveness, etc. The results could even
involve invisible design.
only have to consider the situation when the artifact is in the home we
can really focus on the needs and desires that the families
express. We do not have to consider other aspects such as: marketing,
branding, manufacturing, distribution, disposal, recycling, price, etc.
InterLiving is a cooperative project between researchers from different
scientific disciplines; ethnology, psychology, industrial design and computer
science, and six families, three in Sweden and three in France. The cooperation
with the families will in its first stage create understanding for the
complexity for their geographic and communicative situation. In the second
stage the researchers and the family members will together design useful
and adaptable technology. We will mix reliable scientific methods and
exploratory development. Examples of methods are ethnographic studies,
interviews, video diaries, and work-and-play-workshops.
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