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Peter Lutz

Nightlife of seniors (paper link)

During my ethnographic visits with seniors I became impressed by the frequency of their nighttime activities.* Often due to restlessness and problems sleeping, these include frequent visits to the toilet, getting up to read or using the computer. (Notably, this challenges the concept of Activities of Daily Living – ADLs – often referred to in nursing and care studies.) Also safety risks may increase for seniors at night. Generally these stem from poor eyesight or problems associated with mobility like unsteady balance and walking.

In my presentation today I will touch on the following observations:

  • Night and darkness are not synonymous. Varying amounts of light and sound are often present.

  • In old age night and darkness may be filled with activity.

  • A lack of “normalcy” regarding nighttime routines is found.

  • Sleep for example is difficult for some, ranging from bad to great.

  • Seniors have different “strategies” for finding the ideal sleep e.g. taking medications, listening to soothing sounds (radio talk, music) and sleeping with an alarm button.

  • Seniors live with an increasing presence of assistive devices, especially at night.

  • Going to bed at night and getting up in the morning are the most difficult times of the day for frail seniors.

I will take a few minutes to go through these points and follow with a few film clips for illustration.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the workshop!

– Peter

*My research is focused on discovering socially appropriate practices of senior care in the US and Sweden. This project is financed by the European Union Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge (ToK) and based at Philips Research Europe with the title Social Intelligence for Telehealthcare (SIFT).

Eric Baumer

Dream-like Interfaces and Computational Dreaming

as requested, I’ve been making observations about my technology use after dark since I arrived here a day and a half ago, including chronicling waking from jet lag in the middle of the night. however, in the spirit of my position paper about dreaming, I’ll post here what my computer dreamt about my uses of technology. I’ll post two dreams here, techdream2 and techdream1; you’ll probably find that techdream1 is much less coherent than techdream2.


Just a general observation about technology design and what not, but it wasn’t at CHI. However, it was about the memory, try to recollect details or something, I realize that they didn’t happen because I couldn’t get the lock for my room. after writing the previous note, I tried to get up to go to the bathroom, but was instead a dream. Every so often, this makes me wonder how many of my memories didn’t actually happen but was instead a dream. Every so often, this makes me wonder how many of my memories didn’t actually happen but I never realize that it didn’t actually recall this until I looked at myself in the two audiences expectations, business people and iSchool people, and what aspects of non-computational technologies apply to computational technology. That, however, is a topic for when I am not awake at 2:15 in the morning due to jet lag.


Just a clock and half business talk. It was instead a bit of having long hair, but the middle of something in with me on my bag and makes me like train stations and hoping that option), but was here in the hostel screaming and thus pretty accessible. it’s generally been up his email in Florence, but not that I kept playing with it as compared to the dream in Florence, but it only to the breathing light on my clock, i.e. my memories didn’t actually happen but it’s generally been up against a business talk, whom I often would it up to recollect details or how few clocks there is to talk to sleep deprivation is that I actually able to be the less than comfy bed and txt for when I am not to recollect details or if I wake up. Guess I just woken up and (b) my

I’ll talk more tomorrow about how my computer “dreamt” these things (hint: you can probably figure it out from the position paper)

Some thoughts for Sunday – looking forward to the session!

Susanne Seitinger – – Smart Cities MIT Media Lab

Using Tech after Dark

Introduction to Urban Pixels

Urban Pixels in Oltrarno, Florence
Urban Pixels in Oltrarno - Paths
scene 1

Urban Pixels in Oltrarno
scene 2


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