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Exploring Possibilities to Improve Distant Dining Experience for Young Expats with their Loved Ones over Time and Space Gap Issues

Arora, G.S. (2021) Exploring Possibilities to Improve Distant Dining Experience for Young Expats with their Loved Ones over Time and Space Gap Issues.

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Abstract:Dining is a social activity performed among humans usually in groups of two or more around a dining table. It is the act of performing social activities while eating food. Through dining, humans get an opportunity to connect while sitting at the same table and eating the same meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner), which usually acts as one of the social lubricants (common interaction point). In families, dining is one of the ways to build a stronger bong among each other by getting to know each other well and for parents to impart knowledge to their kids and to discuss their issues. The act of dining brings everyone together over the same meal at the same table to eat and bond. This act of dining is mostly absent between expats and their loved ones (family and friends) for a long period because of the time difference and the physical distance. In this master thesis, we first learn about the two issues expats face when they distant dine with their loved ones through existing literature and personal interviews. Second, we ideate possible solutions using different technologies with the help of our target group in a co-design session. Third, we conceptualise the most voted idea followed by another design session to discuss the details of the concept and keep the target group a part of the research throughout. And lastly, compare the difference in the experience of distant dining for our target group between the concept and video call.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 50 technical science in general, 54 computer science, 71 sociology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88282
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