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Theoretical and methodological challenges of cross-cultural interaction design

Cultural diversity has become a significant challenge in humancomputer interaction (HCI) and in the design of interactive technology.

During the design process, a designer needs to consider how culture affects the ways in which people view, adopt and use technology. Furthermore, cultural issues affect also the design process itself, because design theories and methods are based on particular cultural assumptions that do not hold in every design context. This thesis discusses the specific challenges of cross-cultural design and to what extent the current approaches in cross-cultural HCI have considered them. A new design approach that borrows from worth-centred design and ethnographic research tradition is suggested to address the identified challenges of cross-cultural design. A case study about mobile phones in the life of Tanzanian university students serves as an example of how the approach can support design by highlighting user values and general patterns of technology ownership and use in the local context, as well as providing methodological guidance throughout a design project.

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Author: Minna Kamppuri
Department: University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

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Designing Sports: Exertion Games

Advances in human-computer sensing technologies have led to emerging computer systems that place the users’ bodily actions in the centre of the experience, fostering physical exertion as part of the interaction.

Exertion games are computer games that require intense physical effort from its users. Unlike traditional computer games, exertion games offer physical health benefits in addition to the social benefits derived from networked games. This thesis contributes an understanding of exertion games from an interaction design perspective to support researchers analysing and designers creating more engaging exertion games.

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