Careful Devices: A design manifesto for humane domestic healthcare technology

Tom Jenkins, Anna Vallgårda, Laurens Boer, Sarah Homewood, Teresa Almeida

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This short paper offers a rationale and manifesto for a design-led research project called careful devices—domestic healthcare technologies that seek to bridge the gap between the lived experience of a person and the abstracted medical knowledge of a health practitioner. The rationale places careful devices at the intersection of contemporary trends in self-tracking and health care technology, and explains how and why this intersection is relevant for future interaction design. This is followed by a manifesto that articulates design goals for producing devices linking these trends, creating a space for interaction design research. We end with a discussion of Ovum, an example of a careful fertility tracking device.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
Place of PublicationNottingham, United Kingdom
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date19 Nov 2019
Article number30
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7203-9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019


  • health
  • care
  • research through design
  • futures
  • speculation
  • interaction


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