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Interactive Tables in Homes-If there Is a Future of Domestic Interactive Tables, it Is Social | Event on the interzum @home 2021
interzum Trend Stage presented by Trendfilter

Interactive Tables in Homes-If there Is a Future of Domestic Interactive Tables, it Is Social

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07.05.2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Digitalization
interzum Trend Stage

english
interzum Trend Stage presented by Trendfilter
Waldenburger Str. 2
32547 Bad Oeynhausen
Deutschland
+49 160 66787734

The event

The current pandemic forces many of us into using technology to stay close to each other. While video conferencing, messaging, and various team platforms solve problems of remote work, they often do little to explicitly address feelings of being connected and together over the distance. They fail to do so despite the fact that we all know: togetherness is about more than just having a conversation. As a consequence, we more or less remain glued to our smartphone screens, becoming more isolated rather than more connected. To overcome this, we need communication technologies, which takes a subtle experiential and emotional approach, rather than an overly pragmatic one. Digitally augmented, interactive tables could address some of these issues, since dining or kitchen tables traditionally are the social hub of any home. They are central to crucial social practices, such as family dinners, games, or conversations, each suggesting different possibilities of technological support. However, while interactive tables have been developed for over 20 years now, their use never became especially widespread. If used, interactive tables remain work-related or public – domestic interactive tables do not exist. In our research project PraktikApp, we explore ways to successfully integrate interactive tables into homes by developing a furniture-device-hybrid with a specific focus on the support of social practices.