Mediating intimacy: designing technologies to support strong-tie relationships

Frank Vetere, Martin R. Gibbs, Jesper Kjeldskov, Steve Howard, Florian Mueller, Sonja Pedell, Karen Mecoles, Marcus Bunyan

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Abstract

Intimacy is a crucial element of domestic life, and many interactive technologies designed for other purposes have been appropriated for use within intimate relationships. However, there is a deficit in current understandings of how technologies are used within intimate relationships, and how to design technologies to support intimate acts. In this paper we report on work that has addressed these deficits. We used cultural probes and contextual interviews and other ethnographically informed techniques to investigate how interactive technologies are used within intimate relationships. From this empirical work we generated a thematic understanding of intimacy and the use of interactional technologies to support intimate acts. We used this understanding to inform the design of intimate technologies. A selection of our design concepts is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2005
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology, Safety, Community: Conference Proceedings - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsW. Kellogg, S. Zhai, C. Gale, G. Veer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages471-480
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1581139985, 9781581139983
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2005 - Portland, United States of America
Duration: 2 Apr 20057 Apr 2005
Conference number: 23rd

Publication series

NameCHI 2005: Technology, Safety, Community: Conference Proceedings - Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISSN (Print)0274-9696

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2005
Abbreviated titleCHI 2005
CountryUnited States of America
CityPortland
Period2/04/057/04/05

Keywords

  • Cultural Probes
  • Ethnography
  • Intimacy
  • Intimate Technology
  • Participatory Design
  • Tactile Interfaces

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