Understanding guide dog team interactions: design opportunities to support work and play

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Date created
2014
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Abstract
The visually impaired have been a longstanding and wellrecognized user group addressed in the field of Human- Computer Interaction (HCI). Recently, the study of sighted dog owners and their pets has gained interest in HCI. Despite this, there is a noticeable gap in the field with regards to research on visually impaired owners and their dogs (guide dog teams). This paper presents a study that explores the interactions of guide dog teams revealing a rich, holistic understanding of their everyday lives and needs, across both work and leisure activities. Our findings inform and inspire future research and practices suggesting three opportunity areas: supporting working guide dog teams, enhancing play-interaction through accessible dog toys utilizing sensor technologies, and speculative and exploratory opportunities. This work contributes to the growing research on designing for human-canine teams and motivates future research with guide dog teams.
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Hauser, Sabrina; Wakkary, Ron, & Neustaedter, Carman. Understanding guide dog team interactions: design opportunities to support work and play. Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '14), 295-304.
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Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '14)
Document title
Understanding guide dog team interactions: design opportunities to support work and play
Date
2014
First page
294
Last page
304
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