- Keeping detailed records of how much money is in an individual bank account and tracking receipts of transactions are highly valued by many older people who carefully manage their finances. However, Modern payment technologies and bank accounts have a tendency to penalise those who wish to keep tight control of their finances. There are fewer opportunity to receive paper statements and paper ...App Movement is a platform that was developed at Open Lab which enables any individual, community or organisation to propose, design and automatically generate a multi-platform mobile application. The platform raises research questions around the implications of community commissioning for mobile technologies as well as the use of technology to centralise, vocalise and design for issues within communities to support civic action. App Movement is a ...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 ...This project builds on the Bespoke project, which resulted in the deployment of Viewpoint, a public voting device inspired by difficulties encountered when attempting to encourage residents in a Preston estate to voice their opinions. Many residents did not want to be identified as ‘busybodies’, while others felt disenfranchised and saw little reason to participate in ...While multi-touch technology would at first appear to dispense with any need for it, a computer mouse has benefits that a touch-screen cannot offer. It allows for functions such as scrolling with less movement of the hands, and enables users to click on targets with a higher degree of accuracy. We therefore developed SurfaceMouse, a ...In many disciplines video is becoming a major vehicle for dissemination, and documentary videos are often presented as evidence for research in conferences. However, I would like to suggest that video has its limitations and researchers need to be weary of the seemingly transparent quality of the medium and try to seek alternative media to contextualize their ...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 ...
- 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 ...Approximately 70% of people with Parkinson’s Disease experience problems with swallowing. The resulting build-up of saliva can cause drooling, which is often a source of embarrassment and puts the person at risk of choking or pneumonia if the saliva gets into the lungs. Therefore, it is important that people who suffer from drooling have a ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
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1pm - 6pmThe Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system, which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to use an ambient persuasion approach in order to encourage people to join existing breaks, which take place ...
- Cinehack is about hacking film. It’s about the stuff you won’t learn at film school… Cinehack’s aim is to support lo/no-budget filmmakers and provide a place to gain and share insights which might be interesting to newbie movie-makers and cinematic old-hats alike; all the while building a community of ‘cinehackers’ who can share knowledge and ideas. ...Demographic ageing has raised many issues for policy and practice, particularly in terms of how society should best support and care for the ageing population. Governments around the western world have recommended that older people should be supported to ‘age in place’, in the belief that this will also promote quality of life and well-being ...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. ...This AHRC funded, 18 month project explores the 60 000 item archive of Bloodaxe Books, one of the most eminent and innovative contemporary poetry publishers in the world. This collaborative project involving the Digital Interaction group, the department of English Language and Linguistics (with the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts) and Bloodaxe Books themselves, explores ...This PhD focuses on collaborative writing using technology afforded by digital tabletops, from use as a learning platform for writing skills for “novice” students, to being a collaborative tool for “expert” adult writers. We have researched related work on digital tabletops and collaborative writing tools, as well as socio-psychological and pedagogical aspects of writing and ...Livestock are a key component in the Human food-chain. Ensuring their wellbeing is therefore of critical importance. In today’s food aware society, maintaining the highest levels of animal welfare is a top priority of food producers. Animals whose health and welfare is compromised display patterns of abnormal behaviour even though they might appear physically well. This project ...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 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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