(thesis advisor)Andrew Zornoza
(thesis advisor)Anezka Sebek
(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
(thesis advisor)Audrey Fox
May 2 2017
Telecommunication with family and friends is often offered as a solution for older adults facing social isolation. While strengthening existing ties is important, it fails to address diminished community interaction. This paper presents Nettle, a system that is designed to build casual human connection into one’s daily routine. Alongside the process of making a pot of tea, Nettle allows users to initiate spontaneous conversations with vetted community members. Nettle is contextualized as part of the author’s alternate vision of smart home design where interfaces are informed by the physicality of pre-computer age objects.
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