The Magic Sock Drawer project


Gooch, D. and Watts, L., 2011. The Magic Sock Drawer project. In: CHI EA 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 243-252. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings)

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In this paper we describe the design of a intimate communication system, the Magic Sock Drawer (MSD). The system allows close friends to send drawn or typed digital notes to one another which are then automatically printed at the other end. The system allows us to explore a number of design concepts that relate to feelings of closeness between remote partners. The four design concepts motivating the MSD include closed 1-to-1 communication, personalization, tangibility and location. We present the results of a 6-week pilot study using the system and the impact it has had on the study participants' relationship, including mutual recognition of caring through the effort of producing notes and feelings about serendipitous discovery.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsGooch, D.and Watts, L.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code24519
Additional Information29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011. 7-12 May 2011. Vancouver, BC, Canada.


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