The Other Brother: Re-experiencing spontaneous moments from domestic life.

john helmes, Caroline Hummels, and Abigail Sellen

Abstract

In this paper, we describe “The Other Brother”, a semiautonomous

device that captures images and video of

spontaneous moments in the course of everyday life. It was

our goal to design a situated, tangible object for life-time

capturing purposes. In addition to describing the object and

our deployment findings, this paper also discusses the

design process and the goals we were aiming to achieve

through the design. This was an iterative process from

initial sketches, concepts and physical explorations towards

a final design and several prototypes. The final prototype

acts as an agent that behaves to some extent autonomously,

capturing spontaneous moments that enable people to reexperience

these moments in a playful way. Testing The

Other Brother in a domestic environment, we describe

several findings of the impact of the object in the home,

reflect on several design and interaction issues, and discuss

future directions for continuation of this research.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inTEI 2009 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
> Publications > The Other Brother: Re-experiencing spontaneous moments from domestic life.