This is my PhD research topic. We investigate the familial interactions with technologies around domestic mealtimes. We seek to understand how technologies are used and negotiated amongst family members and the influence of technologies on the content and context of their interactions. Then we focus on the potential scope for interventions in the social and material configuration enacted through the presence of smart-devices at the dining table. To this end, we present a novel system ‘TableTalk’ and discuss how a detailed understanding of commensality informs the design of new technologies and how such technologies might reconfigure our practices of shared mealtimes.
We have conducted several studies under this theme and published in different venues. Please see detail below:
We seek to understand how technologies are used and negotiated amongst family members and the influence of technologies on the content and context of their interactions.
We explore children’s use of iPad, mobile phone, laptop, etc. in terms of the layout of the table, the juxtaposition of artefacts, interaction around eating, and the management of behaviour.
Family members bring their devices together to create a single display thereby symbolizing the communal aspects of commensality.
We investigate the long term deployment of Chorus in the Families to investigate the changes and challenges brought up by such celebratory technologies.
We are a multidisciplinary team, from different backgrounds and different institutions!