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Cyranic contraptions

Mitchell, Robb, Gillespie, Alex ORCID: 0000-0002-0162-1269 and O'Neill, Brian (2011) Cyranic contraptions. In: Creativity and Innovation in Design, 2011-10-19 - 2011-10-21.

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Understanding contexts is an important challenge that is made harder for designers by the increasing speed at which contexts change. To assist designers, three types of contextual dynamism are distinguished: physical, ontological and social. To inform understanding ontological dynamism and social dynamism, "social contraptions" - a form of socially interactive design experimentation is proposed. This paper focuses on cryanic social contraptions in which unseen users interact through a human surrogate that they guide via radio transmissions. Observations from initial trials are reported along with a discussion of themes arising for design and an appraisal of this approach's potential as a design tool

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Additional Information: © 2011 ACM.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 15:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 23:31

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