Appreciating plei-plei around mobiles: playfulness in Rah island
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(CHI '12) / [ed] ACM, New York, NY, USA, ACM Press, 2012, 2015-2024 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
We set out to explore and understand the ways in which mobiles made their way into an environment--Rah Island in Vanuatu--for the first time. We were struck by their playful use, especially given the very limited infrastructure and inexpensive devices that were available. Based on our findings, we discuss tensions between playfulness and utility, in particular relating to socio-economic benefits, and conclude that playfulness in these settings needs to be taken as seriously as in any other setting. Additionally, we formulated three challenges when designing for play in similar settings: (1) engage intimately with the materials of inexpensive ICT; (2) revisit design recommendations for playfulness to ensure that they can travel/translate into other cultures; and (3) alleviate existing tensions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACM Press, 2012. 2015-2024 p.
Playfulness, third wave HCI, ICT4D
Engineering and Technology
Research subject SRA - ICT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-113294DOI: 10.1145/2207676.2208348ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862070512ISBN: 978-1-4503-1015-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-113294DiVA: diva2:587586
SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ProjectsMobile LifeSRA TNG
FunderVinnovaICT - The Next Generation
QC 201305222013-01-142013-01-142015-05-25Bibliographically approved