- While meant to increase security, complex PIN and password systems routinely force people to compromise sensitive information. While conducting research for the New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old project, many interviewees said that, though they were aware of the security risk, they kept written records of PINs and passwords due to difficulty remembering them. The ...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 ...Repentir is an augmented reality iPhone app that allows gallery visitors to reveal hidden layers of a painting. Using the app, you can take a photo of an area of a painting to browse previous versions of that area of the painting, which the artist captured over the course of its creation. The aim of the ...Visual inspection of carcasses is an important factor for ensuring the quality of meat products. However, manual inspection puts a strain on meat inspector resources, which effectively prevents detailed screening for the purposes of health schemes. The specific aims of this project are: To develop an automated system based on visual image analysis to screen pig carcasses ...This research project placed the sustainable management of Commons in historical perspective. Four case studies were used to illustrate the changing patterns of land use, differing management principles and regulatory mechanisms applied to common land from the seventeenth century to the modern day. These case studies were drawn from Commons around England and Wales: Eskdale ...Many therapies available to combat mental health problems such as clinical depression, borderline personality disorder or dementia are intended to combat negative symptoms. For this PhD, we posit that we can complement these existing healthcare practices with digital technology that will encourage positivity as well as diminish negativity. For example, we could support individuals while ...This project explores approach that allows designers and others to quickly and easily make 3D printed objects interactive, without the need for hardware or software expertise and with little modification to an object’s physical design. With our approach, a designer simply attaches or embeds small three-axis wireless accelerometer modules into the moving parts of a 3D ...
- The prolonged nature of chronic illnesses means that those who suffer from them, as well as those close to them such as family members, must have an understanding of and learn to manage the symptoms to allow them to maintain a good quality of life. The aim of the SMART2 project was to investigate how ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
Thursday 10th of September
1pm - 6pmWe gave postcards to the people involved in the participatory design aspect of “New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old”. These cards posed a question about a specific scenario relating to banking, inspired by some of the points raised during the interview stage. On the other side of the postcard was space to draw a ...The state of the health of Britain’s population and the ways medical professionals are expected to respond to health issues have changed drastically in the sixty years since the NHS was set up. Older people often have multiple health issues rather than one illness, while the number of people with chronic illnesses has increased. Commercially ...In this project, we developed a Human Activity Recognition (HAR) framework using sensors embedded into kitchen utensils. The first version of HAR framework, Slice&Dice, was developed to detect 11 low-level, fine-grained food preparation activities using modified Wii Remotes integrated into three knives and one serving spoon. This was followed by the real-time version of HAR, ...TouchBridge was an active tangible marker system for optical based multi-touch surfaces. It built on a previously proposed method of marker tracking based upon the augmentation of physical objects with IR Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). In this previous method, the LEDs transmitted a modulated signal that was tracked by a camera; this signal was able ...
- Malnutrition is a widespread problem in hospitals, especially amongst people aged 65 and above. One contributing factor is a lack of accuracy when monitoring how much patients are eating and the nutritional value of the food they consume. Methods that involve estimations by a dietician do not provide enough information, and mean that small deficits ...Justification Subclinical & clinical disease are the main factors responsible for pig system inefficiency, resulting in reductions in productivity and pig welfare. Currently, disease detection is done through human observation or diagnostic surveillance, but continuous monitoring involves significant costs and effort. Subclinical diseases manifest themselves as subtle changes in affected pigs, typically before clinical signs are observable. ...We used ferromagnetic sensing to create Ferrosynth, a reconfigurable interface device designed to offer new possibilities to musicians for creating synthesised output. The system worked by placing ferrous objects on the surface of a sensing device. As the user manipulated the objects, a series of magnetic coils inside the device generated output based on changes ...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, ...BinCam was a personal informatics system intended to raise awareness among young people about what they throw away and how they might decrease the amount of waste they create. A camera phone was attached to the inside of a bin lid and, using the phone’s accelerometer, lid opening and closing events could be detected. Every ...Family Rituals 2.0 is looking at the evolving nature of family life for people working away from home. How do mobile workers balance their work and life commitments? How does and could technology help and hinder this? This is a collaborative project with the University of the West of England, Bournemouth University and the Royal College ...Try clicking here for more contentTry clicking here for more content
WelcomeWe are an interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group called Open Lab, based at Newcastle University. Established in 2008, the group is led by Patrick Olivier and has a core team of around eighty 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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