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'Mediating Intimacy: Digital Kisses and Cut and Paste Hugs'


Presented at BCSHCI conference, England, 2003. Copyright Steve Howard, Frank Vetere, Martin R. Gibbs, Jesper Kjeldskov, Sonja Pedell, Karen Mecoles, Marcus Bunyan and John Murphy, 2004.


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Interest in personal and domestic technology is growing rapidly. In this paper we explore what it means to understand and support the most personal of human acts - maintaining intimacy between family members. Intimate acts are different to other domestic behaviours; are challenging to study; and, we speculate, provide opportunities for technologies quite different in form and purpose to those appropriate for other aspects of home life.



domestic technology, personal applications, strong-tie relations, intimacy.