Supporting Distant Familial Relationships with the Internet of Things

Bhagyashree Patil, Ryan Kelly, Danae Stanton Fraser, Jeffrey Gavin, Clare Reddington

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In this paper we discuss the opportunities of ‘off the shelf’ Internet of things technologies to be used to support closeness in interpersonal relationships. We give our motivation to study IoT on technologies to support distant interpersonal relationships. We present two designs, ‘SmartLamps’ and ‘Connected Rings’, which use IoT technology to foster experiences of relatedness between distant families. We present some of the challenges faced while evaluating these devices using ‘in the wild’ research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2016
EventUbicomp/ISWC'16 Adjunct - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 12 Sept 201616 Sept 2016


ConferenceUbicomp/ISWC'16 Adjunct


  • Internet of Things
  • human computer interaction
  • relationships
  • Closeness
  • Awareness
  • in the wild study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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