Understanding Reuse of Used Computing Devices

Jina Huh, Kevin Nam, Nikhil Sharma | CHI 2010

Keywords: Sustainable interaction design, sustainability, reuse

We report out findings on the adoption practices of used personal digital assistants (PDAs) to inform reuse of outdated computing products.  Out interviews with 12 eBay users who bought used PDAs showed a variety of ways in which users unknowingly supported sustainability.  This allowed us to re-examine sustainability as something that is dynamically and arbitrarily shaped by the users and not just dependent on the sustainable feature of the product.  We provide design implications for supporting users’ shaping of sustainability.

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