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Salovaara A.,Aalto University | Lehmuskallio A.,Aalto University | Hedman L.,Umeaa University | Valkonen P.,Idean Inc | Nasanen J.,Aalto University
International Journal of Human Computer Studies | Year: 2010

More and more people entering the stage of retirement at around age 55-65 are healthy, active, and also very computer-literate. This trend is rapidly changing the common image of late-midlife technology users, which rests on the assumption that they find it difficult to embrace new technologies and also that their main interests are health related. Although technology use and lifestyles are changing, however, many other aspects of life remain the same. One of these aspects is that of the transitions, or life changes, that generally take place in these years. Besides retirement, these transitions include changes in health, housing, social interaction, work life, and personal finance. People develop different ways of coping with these transitions, which brings up interesting issues related to the late midlife stage. This paper presents a diary-aided interview study of late middle-age adults (N = 24) in Finland and Sweden with a focus on the interplay between technologies and transitions. Transitions were found to play a part in how the life interests of late middle-aged persons are often conflictive, forcing them to choose from among various 'possible selves'. At its best, technology can help alleviate these tensions. This finding is exemplified in the paper's discussion of two design implications associated with particular clashes of interests, related to how daily activities are organized and how contact is maintained with one's friends and family. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Holm J.,Tampere University of Technology | Laaksonen L.,University of Tampere | Siirtola H.,Idean Inc
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation | Year: 2010

Accessing personal and online music libraries with thousands of songs has become an everyday activity. Instead of textual lists, the libraries can also be accessed using graphical visualizations such as adaptive avatars. To develop the idea further, we designed 17 stereotypical avatars representing different musical genres. To study how well the avatars were recognized, an online questionnaire with 71 participants was arranged. This paper discusses the design of the avatars in more detail, explains which musical genres were selected for the study and why, and presents the results of the questionnaire. © 2010 IEEE.

Cepeda R.R.,Idean Inc
ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Studio, SIGGRAPH 2014 | Year: 2014

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