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      Wizard of Oz Experiments for Companions

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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Wizard of Oz, Companions, Interaction Design

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            Wizard of Oz experiments allow designers and developers to see the reactions of people as they interact with to-bedeveloped technologies. At the Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University we are developing a Wizard of Oz system to inform and further the design and development of Companion based technologies. Companions are intelligent, persistent, personalised, multimodal, natural language interfaces to the Internet and resources such as photo or music collections. They have the potential of turning our current human-machine interactions into human-machine relationships. In particular, a Companion prototype for reminiscing about a photo collection, called PhotoPal, is being used in our experiments. Several Wizard of Oz experiments have been run to assess people’s reactions and thoughts about using a Companion interface. The feedback from these experiments has informed both the design direction and choice of development technologies going forward. The Wizard of Oz system has also been put to use in a classroom of young pupils and to aid adults make more productive use of the Internet for learning. Further experiments to investigate the appropriateness of Companion dialogue are planned.

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            Conference
            September 2009
            September 2009
            : 313-317
            Affiliations
            [0001]Edinburgh Napier University

            Centre for Interaction Design

            School of Computing, Edinburgh

            EH10 5DT, +44 (0)131 455 2438
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2009.38
            5a0081b4-9678-42d2-9aab-f6d582af47f2
            © Jay Bradley et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
            HCI
            Churchill College Cambridge, UK
            1 - 5 September 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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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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