Scenarios for Companions.

Benyon, David and Mival, Oli (2008) Scenarios for Companions. In: Austrian Artificial Intelligence Workshop, September 2008 , Vienna.

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This paper is concerned with understanding the needs ofCompanion owners (the people formerly known as ‘users’) and in how thoserequirements can be represented, with the whole interaction design, with how the Companion will learn, or be instructed, so that the interaction can be personalised tothe indi-vidual. We are concerned with the whole interaction experience and with how the different components fit together.
In this paper we outline the evolution of companion technologies and concepts and attempt to identify the characteristics of companions. This leads into a discussion on designing for relationships followed by an outline of an example of our design methodologies and explorations. Finally some companion spe-cific examples are presented; a mobile assistant for older people, a health and fitness companion and a photo companion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Companions; HCI; relationships; interaction design; PhotoPal; presence;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3777
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 15:02
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:55

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