User-centred multimodal reminders for assistive living

Marilyn McGee-Lennon, Maria Wolters, Stephen Brewster

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While there has been a lot of research on the usability of reminders and alarms in the work context, the home has been somewhat neglected despite the importance of reminder systems for telecare and assistive living systems. We conducted a comprehensive mixed-methods study into the requirements for useable and acceptable reminders in the home. The study consisted of a questionnaire (N=379), 6 focus groups, and 7 home tour interviews. Our results highlight the need for highly flexible and contextualized multimodal and multi-device reminder solutions that build on existing successful strategies for remembering in and around the home. We suggest that developers of home care reminder systems should design for diversity, context, priorities, autonomy, shared spaces, and optimal care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0228-9
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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