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Understanding Interpersonal Awareness in the Home (02 Feb 2005)
As the development of home technologies continues to
increase so does the need to understand and design
technologies to support and enhance the everyday lives of
home inhabitants. The focus of this paper is on one facet of
home life that technology can be designed to support,
namely interpersonal awareness. Specifically, we outline
the beginnings of a conceptual framework for interpersonal
awareness where we describe the types of people for whom
this awareness is desired, the low-level details of
maintaining this awareness, and the maintenance problems
faced by home inhabitants in gathering this awareness. Our
goal is to provide designers and practitioners with a unified
and detailed understanding of interpersonal awareness that
can guide the design of groupware applications to enhance
the domestic routines of home inhabitants.
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