thesis project abstract

Families want to eat dinner together, but lack the time or resources to achieve their desires. A human-centered research and design process explores dual-income American families to better understand their needs and desires to see if technology can help them achieve their goal of having dinner together more often. Literature review, observations, contextualized interviews, and journaling aided the development of concepts which where validated by families. A conceptual service leveraging the existing family infrastructure of mobile phones and personal computers is also explored through scenarios.

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