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4streams: An ambient photo sharing application for extended families

Zargham, S, Calic, J and Frohlich, DM (2015) 4streams: An ambient photo sharing application for extended families In: Human Computer Interaction HCI 2015, 2015-07-13 - 2015-07-17, Lincoln.

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In this paper we describe a novel photo sharing system called 4streams. This is an ambient photo display that allows a small group of users to keep in touch through a kind of visual twitter feed of concurrent photographs from their mobile phones. The photographs of up to four users are displayed in a dynamic collage in the four quadrants of a dedicated ambient display, with photographs to each quadrant arriv- ing in real time as photographs are taken/uploaded. His- torical photos can also be browsed or played back in lock- step with each other, as a reminder of what each member of the group was doing over the same period of time. The system was trailed over seven weeks by an extended family distributed over three countries. The findings suggest that the system increases the social connection and presence be- tween children, parents and grandparents of an intergenera- tional family living apart. This was not only through ’visual status’ images of family members living in different places, but also through updates of collocated members travelling away from home, and deliberately crafted images designed to elicit responses or trigger discussions in other media. The implications of these findings for theories of photo sharing are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Arts
Authors :
Date : 13 July 2015
Identification Number : 10.1145/2783446.2783589
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2015 ACM
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PublisherBritish Computer Society, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : Photo sharing, multiple photo streams, visualization, user studies
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2016 10:46
Last Modified : 27 Jul 2016 10:46

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