StoryCubes: connecting elders in independent living through storytelling

Gierad Laput, Yiying Lin, Micah Linnemeir, and Ramachandra Vijjapurapu (CHI 2012)

One's home is often a place that reflects and affirms one's identity, but when an elderly person moves to a group living environment, they must re-assert themselves and make new social connections in a place that may inadvertently frame them in terms of their disabilities. We present StoryCubes, a system that helps residents of independent living communities make connections through sharing stories, and express their identity in terms of their unique background, interests, and values. StoryCubes centers around the creation and sharing of tangible paper objects which display and contain the stories of residents using QR code technology. StoryCubes can be displayed together, where residents and visitors can listen to stories within any cube that piques their interest. By giving residents a way to discover and share stories, they are able to gain a greater understanding of their fellow residents, helping them to better appreciate and become more comfortable in their shared living experience.

 

 

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StoryCubes: connecting elders in independent living through storytelling
Gierad Laput, Mira Dontcheva, Gregg Wilensky, Walter Chang, Aseem Agarwala, Jason Linder, and Eytan Adar
In CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems

 

Initial Needs Finding

We brainstormed on how to address the CHI Design Competition Theme-- the domestic experience.

Reassessment

Affinity Diagramming

The completed affinity wall

Behavioral Map

Based from the data acquired from user interviews, we developed behavioral maps to identify trends.

The Behavioral Map

Personas

From the Behavioral Map, we generated two personas-- Virginia and Charles.

Persona of Virginia Moore
Persona of Charles Smith

Idea Generation

The fun part-- idea generation.

Brainstorm

Our Idea: StoryCubes

StoryCubes-- a system that helps residents of independent living communities to make connections with one another through sharing stories. StoryCubes centers around the creation and sharing of 'story cubes': tangible paper objects that display and contain the stories of residents using QR code technology.

Anatomy of a StoryCube

Lo-fi Prototype

Lo-fi Evaluation

Reflection
What made this experience more amazing was that it was purely self-initiated; StoryCubes won one of the top prizes at our department's annual student project exposition, and we presented this work at CHI 2012 in Austin, TX.