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Emilia: Utilizing ambiguity to reduce loneliness and support remote intimacy and connectedness.

Luft, Marcelo (2017) Emilia: Utilizing ambiguity to reduce loneliness and support remote intimacy and connectedness. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Luft, Marcelo
Abstract:

For many elder adults, �the aging process can be very challenging. A great number of elders experience social isolation, causing them to suffer from depression and loneliness. The Emilia project uses a research through design methodology to investigate and reflect on the application of the concepts of Ambiguity, Tangible User Interfaces and Calm Technology in mitigating loneliness. I designed a prototype called The Happy Box which consists of a pair of internet-connected boxes that aim to support connectedness and Affective Awareness through non-verbal intimate and tangible interaction between elder adults and their family and friends. In this thesis document, I describe and reflect on the process of making and testing The Happy Box.

Date: 10 April 2017
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 14:23
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1654

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