- Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition affecting up to 10 million people worldwide. It manifests itself in motor symptoms including rigidity, tremor and bradykinesia, or slowness of movement. These affect an individuals balance, gait, arm and facial movements. In this project we are collaborating with people with Parkinson’s to explore how Google’s Glass ...In certain disabilities, children and young adults can exhibit a range of extreme problem behaviours, including episodes of biting, kicking and self-injurious behaviour which might occur numerous times even in a single day. Existing treatments rely upon a detailed assessment of precisely which behaviour is occurring when, so that the causes of individual patterns of ...Across the UK political spectrum there is a consensus that communities need to play a greater role in local government, both in the decisions made that affect people’s everyday lives, and in the design and delivery of services provided by local government to communities. With the enormous public uptake of digital technologies including broadband internet, ...Digital portraits is a workshop process developed to explore the presentation of self using digital media. Participants are given portrait packs with inspiration tokens to generate ideas on the things that are valuable in their lives, including objects, places, people and sensory experiences. Participants then take part in workshops to create short video portraits using ...A concern raised by the older people interviewed during the New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old project was that reduced mobility would lead to difficulty with accessing their money. This led in some cases to people divulging security details to carers, friends and relatives. We came up with the concept of the Guardian Angel ...Touchbugs is an open source hardware and software framework for a novel actuated tangible technology. Touchbugs are small tangibles that use directed bristles and vibration motors for actuation (giving them the ability to move independently). Their infrared LEDs allow multiple Touchbugs to both be spatially tracked (position and orientation) on optical multi-touch tables and to ...PosterVote is an artifact that allows sustainable electronic voting by dropping the development and maintenance costs, while increasing the potential for social movements to engage in action and for communities to support and respond to such action. PosterVote can be considered a tool to support citizen science, as it can be used by citizens to collect data in the ...
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9am - 12amThis cueing device has been developed as a way to behaviourally manage drooling, which is commonly symptomatic of Parkinson’s Disease. The device was developed through a participatory design process, taking into account the needs of people with Parkinson’s Disease to ensure that the result was something they would want to wear. Existing cueing devices give auditory ...Digital technologies are often not affordable by the poor or usable by older people and people with disabilities. This can lead to these groups being excluded from the digital and social world, as they cannot benefit from the connections to other people and businesses enabled by technology. The Bespoke project aimed to tackle this problem at ...Through the course of their research, scholars are faced with competing relational networks and “ontologies of space”—this being the structural limitations of, and other factors that affect the way users experience, their virtual, physical and imagined research spaces. The aim of this project is to explore the nature of future research spaces, which we believe should ...The sociologist Johan Huizinga argues that play is the basis for all ritual, myth, art and wisdom, and as our working lives become entwined with our social lives the boundary between work and play is increasingly blurred. This space offers unique opportunities for research and in designing digital technology for the experience of play we ...Live media production incorporates a series of different hardware tools, media types and outputs. Coordinating all of these things is a high intensity task that presents a number of issues, including time-consuming setup, a wide array of control systems to learn and remember, and a level of complexity that prevents novice team members from operating ...
- Performing arts use motion-capture tools for activities ranging from live productions to creative screen-bound works, choreographic notation and archiving. These activities have shaped original interdisciplinary platforms, combining artistic performance skills with research from sectors such as biomechanics, sensor development, information processing and display. While captured human movement data could be theoretically interesting to a variety ...This study reports on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a digital collaborative Strategic reading (DCSR) application with regard to its effectiveness for ESL (English as a Second Language) reading. DCSR applications allow users to read collaboratively on multi-touch and multi-user digital tabletop displays, which support both face-to-face and computer-based interaction. The application created involves several ...Embodied conversation agents (ECAs) are virtual humans that are able to converse with people by producing and responding to verbal and non-verbal communication, including varied facial expressions, hand gestures and other body language. Since face-to-face communication is a highly efficient means of interaction, ECAs are a promising technology with which users can enter into dialogues ...In the research stage of the “New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old” project, we conducted interviews with people aged eighty and upwards to understand the ways they managed their finances and any struggles they had with aspects of the current system. A concern that continually came up was that the banks would stop allowing people ...Currently, health and social care institutions struggle to meet the demands of the ageing population due to insufficient capacity and resources. The potential of new technology to assist older people and promote independent healthy living is huge. However, it is hindered by issues relating to, for example, cost, lack of technological skills among the older ...Department of Hidden Stories is a card-based and mobile phone app-based alternative reality game designed to transform the Library into a gaming space where children can use books as a resource for creating their own stories, narratives and sharing these with others. Stories are written down on paper, captured as a photograph on the phone, ...Try clicking here for more contentTry clicking here for more content
WelcomeWe are an interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group based in Culture Lab, Newcastle University. Established in 2008, the group is led by Patrick Olivier and has a core team of around sixty researchers. Our work focuses on the experience-centred design of digital technology and applied challenges in ubiquitous computing. Many members of the group originate from a disciplines outside computer science, including psychology, electronic engineering, sociology, clinical sciences, education, design and fine art.
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