In March earlier this year, Steve North published an article on horse-computer interaction ‘Do Androids dream of electric steeds?: the allure of horse-computer interaction’ as part of his work on HABIT: Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool. As someone new to the area of horse-computer interaction, I got in contact with Steve to find out more about … Continue reading Finding out about Horse-Computer Interaction
Written by Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas & Michelle Westerlaken ~ Researchers in ACI As PhD students, we often struggle with the reading and interpretation of theoretical concepts we come across during our research. Both of us, Ilyena and Michelle, have recently been reading about Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism and intra-action. A really though piece of theory … Continue reading A Conversation about Intra-actions in Animal Computing
Earlier this year in October Annika Geurtsen, Maarten H. Lamers and Marcel Schaaf wrote a Springer journal article for Entertainment Computing (ICEC 2015) on a case study to see if ‘Interactive Digital Gameplay Can Lower Stress Hormone Levels in Home Alone Dogs’. This exploratory work focuses on measuring cortisol levels in dogs, which has been … Continue reading Can Interactive Digital Gameplay Lower Stress Hormone Levels in Home Alone Dogs?
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
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