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Gift Box The Forgotten Social Objects in the Internet of Things
by Gulati, Vrishti, M.S., University of California, Irvine, 2012, 47; 1529218
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis highlights a research gap in the Internet of Things, i.e., the absence of particular categories of social objects that matter to non-technical everyday users. Social objects are existing physical objects that people bond with, are attached to, or that connect people to each other. We conducted a study, named Gift Box, to specifically look at the social aspects emerging within the Internet of Things (IoT). The study represents gifts, a specific category of social objects that connect people to each other, through pictures on a social media website. The study offers a simulated interaction with the Internet of Things, to identify social objects that matter to users . The study is a first step for users to include objects of their choice. Understanding user engagement and sociality supported within the IoT can lead to a more successfully accepted Internet of Things.

This thesis has two contributions: the Gift Box user study to identify social objects that matter to users and a Technology spectrum for the Internet of Things.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Patterson, Donald
Commitee: Mazmanian, Melissa, Nardi, Bonnie
School: University of California, Irvine
Department: Information and Computer Science - M.S.
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology, Web Studies, Computer science
Keywords: Gift box, Internet of things, Personal augmented objects, Social internet of things, Social objects, Technology spectrum
Publication Number: 1529218
ISBN: 978-1-267-71137-3
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