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      Thanks for the Memory

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      Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK (HCI)

      British HCI Group Annual Conference

      3 - 7 September 2007

      Memory, memory prosthesis, sociology, psychology, digital narratives, wearable data capture, SenseCam

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          This paper reports the trial of a memory prosthesis, SenseCam, as a resource for digital narratives. Over a period of one week, six participants were asked to use SenseCams to capture digital traces of their experiences, and to use the same to create ‘story telling’ materials for presentation. The study found that all users delighted in the devices, though the traces that the SenseCams produced were not analogues to their own memory. Instead, the data traces presented a picture of daily life which was at once different to the one recollected by participants and yet brought a sense of wonder, depth and felt-life that was enriching. Furthermore, SenseCam data enabled participants to create artistic and evocative stories about prosaic activities that would not normally merit being recounted. The paper will comment on the implications these findings have for memory prosthesis device design, and on the epistemological assumptions underscoring them.

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          Conference
          September 2007
          September 2007
          : 1-4
          Affiliations
          Microsoft Research

          JJ Thomson Av

          Cambridge, UK

          Tel+44 (0)1223 479824
          Manchester Metropolitan University

          Dep’t of Sociology

          Geoffrey Manton Building M16 5LL

          Tel (+44) 161 247 3037
          BBC Wales and BBC White City,

          Shepard’s Bush, London
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          10.14236/ewic/HCI2007.56
          © Harper, R. et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK

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          Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK
          HCI
          21
          Lancaster, UK
          3 - 7 September 2007
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          British HCI Group Annual Conference
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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