We have undertaken a series of field studies to explore how individuals, couples and families use SenseCam in the context of everyday life. This has led us to consider a number of ways in which SenseCam photos might be appropriated, including as a novel means of user-generated content, a resource for reflection, and a means of gaining an insight into the lives of others.
Research into wearable cameras, such as SenseCam, largely positions these devices as tools that support lifelogging, that can be used as cues for remembering when memory is impaired, or that can serve as a resource in certain contexts, such as the practice of new teachers (Fleck and Fitzpatrick, 2009). However, if such devices are to become more freely available in the future, it becomes interesting to consider not only what it means to record and review in the short-term, but also what it means to be recorded by the people who share our lives, what the experience of looking at images captured by others is like, and how it is to revisit one's own images after a long period of time.
We have deployed SenseCams with individuals, young couples and families, with the aim of considering these questions. We have explored how SenseCam photos might form a novel means of user-generated content, serve as an artefact in the telling of stories, and elicit reflections on the routine nature of everyday life. We have related these findings back to the design of the technology itself, examining design features such as the fish-eye lens and staccato nature of image playback, as well as the social context in which they are viewed. Finally, we have investigated how the experience of looking back at such images changes over time, visiting participants immediately after they were captured, and then again 18 months later.
- Siân E. Lindley, Maxine Glancy, Richard Harper, Dave Randall, and Nicola Smyth, “Oh and how things just don’t change, the more things stay the same”: Reflections on SenseCam images 18 months after capture, in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 69, no. 5, pp. 311-323, Elsevier, May 2011.
- Abigail Sellen and Steve Whittaker, Beyond total capture: A constructive critique of lifelogging., in Communications of the ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., May 2010.
- Siân E. Lindley, Dave Randall, Wes Sharrock, Maxine Glancy, Nicola Smyth, and Richard Harper, Narrative, memory and practice: Tensions and choices in the use of a digital artefact, in Proceedings of the 23rd BCS conference on Human Computer Interaction, September 2009.
- Siân E. Lindley, Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Maxine Glancy, and Nicola Smyth, Fixed in time and “time in motion”: Mobility of vision through a SenseCam lens, in Proceedings of the 11th international conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, September 2009.
- Siân E. Lindley, Dave Randall, Richard Harper, Maxine Glancy, and Nicola Smyth, Reflecting on oneself and on others: Multiple perspectives via SenseCam, in CHI 2009 workshop on Designing for Reflection on Experience, April 2009.
- Richard Harper, David Randall, Nicky Smyth, L. Heledd, R. Moore, and C Evans, The past is a different place: they do things differently there, no. MSR-TR-2008-89, June 2008.