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Older Adults' Perceptions of Smartspeakers

University of Toronto, Technologies for Ageing Gracefully (TAGlab)


Researchers at TAGlab at the University of Toronto are studying how to design senior-friendly smartspeaker technologies. We are interested in older adults' perceptions and preferences of smartspeakers before and after using them. We are looking for participants who are interested in completing the following: 1) one briefing interview (1.5hr-2hr); 2) an unboxing interview (1.5hr-2hr) where they open an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot, set it up, and complete some starter tasks with it; 3) deployment period where they try the Amazon Alexa for up to two weeks; and, 4) a followup interview (1.5hr-2hr) on the experience. There will be: 1) one briefing interview (1.5hr-2hr); 2) deployment period where you try an Amazon Alexa for up to two weeks; and, 3) a followup interview (1.5hr-2hr). Participants must have a tablet or a touchscreen computer with internet access and will be compensated $30 and allowed to keep the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot that was used in the study.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 60 years old

Participant must be living in Canada.

Study Tasks

Interview
Unboxing an Alexa
Try Using an Alexa

Ethics

This study has been approved by the University of Toronto's Ethics Board (Protocol #: 38028)

Keywords

Amazon
Alexa
Smartspeakers
TAGlab
Senior
Activity and Time

Technology

Interview, Online

Weekdays, Weekends, Weeknights

4 hours total, 3 sessions

There will be: 1) one briefing interview (1.5hr-2hr); 2) an unboxing interview (1.5hr-2hr); 3) deployment period where you try an Amazon Alexa for up to two weeks; and, 4) a followup interview (1.5hr-2hr).

Compensation

$30

Amazon Echo Dot (approx. value CAD $50)

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in Canada, North America to join this study

Posting date: Aug 4, 2020