AudioTrek is a sensor-based assistive device used for visual sonification. It was made especially for visually impaired people, artists and curators. We intended to develop state-of-the-art algorithms and transform it into sound stimuli to offer new possibilities for navigation in space and new forms of communication for visually impaired people. The device integrates many functions such as colour identification, long distance range finder, obstacle proximity, tag and motion detection. In a gallery setting, the device can identify tags in its field of view and orientated the user in space (exit, toilets, etc) or give information about an artwork on display.
Partner: Pulse Systems
TNW Coordinators: Ian Costabile, Jess Robins
AI Traffic Flow: Visual Language
In collaboration with Red Ninja, visual language was developed for their new to the market app. ‘AI Traffic Flow’ is a multi-modal approach using satellite technology to improve productivity in intelligent transport in the North West.
Partner: Red Ninja
TNW Coordinator: Janett Adler, Lee Omar
Cordon Gris. Designing mobile application for senior users: a critical evaluation
I contributed to the final field trial research on the prototype of the Cordon Gris mobile application developed by Red Ninja to increase awareness and foster healthy eating behaviour among the ageing population. The user-centred approach to the design process of the mobile app aimed to develop a digital tool tailored on users’ needs and expectations in order to support this age group to manage their diet and organise their food shopping. During the field trials, a sample of users was invited to use the Cordon Gris mobile app on a daily basis; users feedback was then collected and analysed to identify major issues and obstacles in the interaction with the system and to inform improvements in the design of the prototype’s system and interface.
Outcome(s): Foster healthy behaviour through digital tools and improve digital skills among the ageing population
Date: June-August 2018
Partner: Red Ninja
TNW Coordinator: Veronica Pialorsi TNW Support: Lee Omar, Laura Wareing, Phoebe Kowalksa
Pathways to Careers: Connecting Young People with Businesses in Burnley
This project examined how a team comprising of youth workers and design practitioners collaborated to co-design an intervention that would connect young people with businesses and create valuable new pathways to learning and work opportunities using assets in the Burnley District in the North West of England, aiming to transform an area where young people have low aspirations, despite growing work opportunities. Insights emerged from participation in and observation of the co-design approach, focusing on a place-based co-design approach for more resilient and sustainable communities, including the team’s skills, design methods and the challenges experienced. More information.
Outcome(s): Working prototype for platform and publication at EAD2019 conference
Date: April – September 2018
Partner: Blackbeard Design and Participation Works North West
TNW Coordinator: Laura Wareing TNW Support: Veronica Pialorsi