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The Magic Sock Drawer project


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Gooch, D. and Watts, L., 2011. The Magic Sock Drawer project. In: 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011, May 7, 2011 - May 12, 2011, 2011-01-01, Vancouver, BC. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 243-252. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings)

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Abstract

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.

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Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsGooch, D.and Watts, L.
DOI10.1145/1979742.1979613
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
StatusPublished
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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