|engl. Beschreibung/ Kurzkommentar
When thinking about technologies many of us will be thinking first about digital technologies, such as smart phones and labtops. But many of us have a wide range of devices in our homes that blend into the background more or less successfully: dish washers, rice cookers, air conditioners and many more.
In this project we will explore our relationship to these devices through exploratory user studies, reviews and discussions of academic literature as well as small design and prototyping exercises. We will touch on a wide variety of topics, including reliance of technology, user patterns and requirements, but also more critical questions of what constitutes technology and how does it shape our behavior and expectations. For this, we will also engage with the literature on technology in the home.
The project will take place via online channels (for meetings etc) and you will be introduced to a wide variety of creative user-centered methods, such as, for instance, self-studies, diary studies and probes, online interviews.
In case in-person teaching is allowed again, we may do this, provided all participants are able to take part.
Participants should have basic knowledge or experience of user-centered methods (user studies, interviewing etc.) (e.g. from attending the HCI bachelor level course) and ideally some experience in prototyping techniques. Creative thinking and self-directed learning as well as ongoing engagement is essential. Working with micro-controllers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pie is a plus, but will also be covered in the project if needed.