Lunchtime Talk
Fri 15 Sep 2017 14:00

Could the Internet of things support our relationships with our parents?

Bhagyashree Patil will share her research ideas and questions around ways that the Internet of Things can support relationships between adults and their parents. More info coming soon.

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Bhagyashree Patil

Bhagy is a PhD student. She is a member of CREATE lab at the University of Bath and her PhD runs alongside Object Sandbox and Play Sandbox projects at REACT hub.

What do you miss when you live away from your loved ones? The sound of the door opening and knowing your child is home? Sitting at your desk, listening to your mum cooking downstairs? These can create a feeling of connectedness, without direct communication or interruption.    

Love, intimacy, presence, in short, the feeling of connectedness is important for people’s psychological well-being and overall happiness. People move away for various reasons and miss the presence of loved ones. Although they can talk on the phone or send messages, constant notifications from cell-phones can be disturbing and intrusive. With the Internet of things, that are increasingly becoming part of our lives, there is an opportunity to connect people unobtrusively.

This lunchtime, Studio resident Bhagy, a PhD student at the CREATE lab, will share her research ideas and questions around ways that the Internet of Things can support relationships between adults and their parents.​ She will present some of the findings from her user studies and the key questions, challenges and ideas product designers should consider when looking to design IoT technologies for inter-generational communication.​

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to to book your place on a tour.

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