ABSTRACT


PhotoGenic is a photo-based software application that integrates users' communication systems with their digital photographs. It is designed primarily for older users, or other user groups who might be experiencing memory loss and be having difficulty associating names with faces and vice versa.

It enables four primary functions:
1) Browsing through a collection of pictures
2) Sending an occasion-specific email to a person based on their picture
3) Making a phone call to someone based on their picture
4) Searching for recent communication to or from a person based on their picture.

We describe results of a usability study conducted with older users, as well as suggested improvements based on their feedback and directions for future work.

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