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SXSW 2018

Principles of Sense Augmentation for Shared Care

Healthcare technologies typically focus on supporting the patient. Yet, we know that care is a social process in which caregivers have a central role. If technology could enable caregivers to share a patient’s sensory experience, how might that improve health care? In this talk, we’ll introduce design principles – inspired by the body hacking community’s use of sense augmentation – for enhancing existing healthcare products, as well as designing new products for fostering empathy in shared care.

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  1. What can healthcare designers learn about sense augmentation from the body hacking community?
  2. When is sense augmentation appropriate to use and how can it impact a healthcare product’s design?
  3. How can we leverage current VR technologies to incorporate sense addition and sense substitution to support shared care experiences?



Eryn Whitworth, Social Science Research Assoicate V., UT Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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