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      The SenseCam as a Tool for Task Observation

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      People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction (HCI)

      Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

      1 - 5 September 2008

      Microsoft SenseCam, task observation

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          The SenseCam is a passive capture wearable camera, worn around the neck and developed by Microsoft Research in the UK. When worn continuously it takes an average of 2,000 images per day. It was originally envisaged for use within the domain of Human Digital Memory to create a personal lifelog or visual recording of the wearer's life, which can be helpful as an aid to human memory. However, within this paper, we explore its applicability as a tool for use within observational and ethnographic studies. We employed the SenseCam as a tool for the collection of observational data in an empirical study, which sought to determine the information access practices of molecular medicine researchers. The affordances of the SenseCam making it appropriate for use within this domain, as well as its limitations, are discussed in the context of this study. We found that while the SenseCam, in its current form, will not offer a complete replacement of traditional observational methods, it offers a complimentary and supplementary route to the collection of observational data.

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          SenseCam: A Retrospective Memory Aid

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            The use of a wearable camera, SenseCam, as a pictorial diary to improve autobiographical memory in a patient with limbic encephalitis: a preliminary report.

            This case study describes the use of a wearable camera, SenseCam, which automatically captures several hundred images per day, to aid autobiographical memory in a patient, Mrs B, with severe memory impairment following limbic encephalitis. By using SenseCam to record personally experienced events we intended that SenseCam pictures would form a pictorial diary to cue and consolidate autobiographical memories. After wearing SenseCam, Mrs B plugged the camera into a PC which uploaded the recorded images and allowed them to be viewed at speed, like watching a movie. In the control condition, a written diary was used to record and remind her of autobiographical events. After viewing SenseCam images, Mrs B was able to recall approximately 80% of recent, personally experienced events. Retention of events was maintained in the long-term, 11 months afterwards, and without viewing SenseCam images for three months. After using the written diary, Mrs B was able to remember around 49% of an event; after one month with no diary readings she had no recall of the same events. We suggest that factors relating to rehearsal/re-consolidation may have enabled SenseCam images to improve Mrs B's autobiographical recollection.
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              Passive capture and ensuing issues for a personal lifetime store


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                September 2008
                September 2008
                : 19-22
                [ 1 ]Centre for Digital Video Processing & Adaptive Information Cluster, Dublin City University, Ireland
                [ 2 ]Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere, Finland
                © Daragh Byrne et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

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                People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
                Conference Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
                1 - 5 September 2008
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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