HCI 2016: Using Behavioural Information to Help Owners Gather Requirements from their Dogs’ Responses to Media Technology

Yesterday I presented my full paper at HCI 2016, in Brighton! What is the paper on? The paper is in the field of Animal Computer Interaction (ACI), which is how animals and humans are involved in technology. My paper looked at how to gather requirements and evaluations from dogs: their feedback. This can be a challenge with non-verbal … Continue reading HCI 2016: Using Behavioural Information to Help Owners Gather Requirements from their Dogs’ Responses to Media Technology

Technology at the Zoo

With the special issue in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) in ACI coming out, I decided to take an in-depth look at the papers currently in press. With pet animals dominating the ACI field, one article caught my eye: ‘Interactive technology and human-animal encounters at the zoo’ written by Sarah Webber, Marcus Carter, … Continue reading Technology at the Zoo

Is it Possible to use Biometrics to Measure Dogs Emotions?

What is your pet dog really thinking? Could you attach a device to your dog and it translates what he/she is thinking? It is well known in Psychology that body signals can give an indication into human emotions, but can this work with our pet dogs? And is this accurate or, even safe? Questions like these are … Continue reading Is it Possible to use Biometrics to Measure Dogs Emotions?

Future Playful Interactive Environments for Animals

Earlier the other week I got sent a book chapter (from Playful User Interfaces) by Patricia Pons, who I met at ACE’14, on the future of playful interactive setting for animals. The authors (Patricia Pons, Javier Jaen and Alejandro Catla) are proposing through a set of guidelines a system for meaningful playful environments called Intelligent … Continue reading Future Playful Interactive Environments for Animals