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The Social Car: Enhancing Communication between Drivers by Digital Augmentation

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

PhD Thesis by Chao Wang

The road environment can be seen as a social situation: In each journey, we encounter other drivers and need to coordinate with them to share the infrastructure. A traditional physical communication method, such as car-body language, lights, horn and speed are the most frequently used means to exchange information, limiting both the range and the bandwidth of the connectivity. This situation may lead to two adverse effects: more conflict in sharing the road and social isolation while driving.

Nowadays, everywhere available connectivity, the broad penetration of social network services and the increasing utility of advanced humanmachine interaction technology, provide new possibilities for enhancing the communication between drivers on the road, enabling social information to pass through the steel shell of the cars without the physical restriction. In this research, we generated, prototyped and evaluated multiple novel social applications …

C. Wang, The Social Car: Enhancing Communication between Drivers by Digital Augmentation, PhD Thesis, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2017.
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Social Hue

December 11th, 2017 Comments off

PhD Thesis by Kadian Davis

…This dissertation employs a user-centered design approach within a multidisciplinary framework, which includes aspects of human-computer interaction, social psychology, cognition, signal processing, and pervasive computing for the design, development, deployment, and validation of bidirectional activity peripheral displays to support social connectedness. Throughout this dissertation, we exploit a human-centered approach to actively involve impending ageing and caregiver users in our design, development, and validation process. Traditional ethnographic techniques such as interviews and observation, accompanied by contemporary techniques such as co-constructing stories were applied to acquire a holistic understanding of the users in context and assist prospective users to imagine user requirements and envision future usage possibilities within AAL environments…

K. Davis, Social Hue – A Bidirectional Human Activity-Based System for Improving Social Connectedness between the Elderly and their Caregivers, PhD Thesis, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2017.
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