book  Weeds, Aliens, and Other Stories
Author  William Gaver, Anthony Dunne
Date  2001

The presence project investigated ways that technology can be used to increase the presence of older people in their local communities. Rather than taking the obvious approach of addressing age-related problems, the design team sought to create new situations for communication and insight. This book describes the processes used in the research, from design-led user studies which probes older people's lives and attitudes, to conceptual designs for innovative services and systems, to tests of working prototypes in the communities themselves.