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People and Computers XXI
HCI...but not as we know it
Proceedings of HCI 2007
The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference
University of Lancaster, UK.
3 - 7 September 2007
Sheila McCarthy, Heather Sayers & Paul McKevitt
Mobile technologies have the potential to enhance the lives of ageing users, especially those who experience a decline in cognitive abilities. However, diminutive devices often perplex the aged and many HCI problems exist. This research ultimately aims to develop a mobile reminiscent application for ageing users entitled MemoryLane.
This application will use artificial intelligent techniques to compose and convey excerpts from a lifetime's memories to the user in a multimodal storytelling format. The proposed deployment platform for MemoryLane is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). The initial stage of this research, a HCI pilot study was recently conducted with a sample of ageing users, the study aimed to investigate the usability of a PDA.
This paper documents the methodologies employed in this pilot study and its subsequent results. The next stages of the research are also identified and discussed.