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The SenseCam as a tool for task observation

Byrne, Daragh and Doherty, Aiden R. and Jones, Gareth J.F. and Smeaton, Alan F. and Kumpulainen, Sanna and Järvelin, Kalervo (2008) The SenseCam as a tool for task observation. In: HCI 2008 - 22nd BCS HCI Group Conference (HCI 2008), 1-5 September 2008, Liverpool, UK.

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The SenseCam is a passive capture wearable camera, worn around the neck and developed by Microsoft Research in the UK. When worn continuously it takes an average of 2,000 images per day. It was originally envisaged for use within the domain of Human Digital Memory to create a personal lifelog or visual recording of the wearer's life, which can be helpful as an aid to human memory. However, within this paper, we explore its applicability as a tool for use within observational and ethnographic studies. We employed the SenseCam as a tool for the collection of observational data in an empirical study, which sought to determine the information access practices of molecular medicine researchers. The affordances of the SenseCam making it appropriate for use within this domain, as well as its limitations, are discussed in the context of this study. We found that while the SenseCam, in its current form, will not offer a complete replacement of traditional observational methods, it offers a complimentary and supplementary route to the collection of observational data.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:LifeLogging; Human Factors;
Subjects:Computer Science > Interactive computer systems
Computer Science > Lifelog
Computer Science > Information technology
Computer Science > Information storage and retrieval systems
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:British Computer Society
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Copyright Information:© The authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Microsoft Research, Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology, Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 03/IN.3/I361, Academy of Finland
ID Code:639
Deposited On:09 Oct 2008 10:56 by Hyowon Lee. Last Modified 16 Jan 2017 12:54

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