- DecorAction is a PhD project where we explore interaction techniques with decorative objects that surrounds our environments, extending their capabilities, meanings and value further than aesthetics to propose functions that are beyond their traditional purpose. The project utilizes smart materials (malleable, shape-changing or colour-changing) that can be embedded within everyday decorative objects and interior elements (furniture, ...As the sophistication of ubiquitous computing technologies increases, with advances in processing power and decreases in size users are being confronted with increasingly intelligent interfaces embedded in everyday devices. This raises an interesting challenge to consider how people might perceive and respond to technologies that demonstrate such advanced functionality. In this paper we try to further unpack ...Shortly after Easter 2017 the medieval St Andrew’s Church in Heckington, Lincolnshire witnessed an immersive world of art, sound and history. A collection of artworks and performances used digital technologies to show the church’s past and its place in local life in new and interactive ways. ‘illuminations’ was the culmination of a collaboration between academics, creative ...Faced with a 90% reduction in its parks budget, Newcastle City Council is considering transferring the city’s parks and allotments to a new charitable trust. Open Lab researchers worked with the Council to design a consultation programme to help local people contribute meaningfully to the decision-making processes on how the city’s parks should be managed in ...Taking a diary has long been an envisaged use of a smartphone. However, there are an emerging class of smartphone apps such as DayOne, Momento and HeyDay which go further than a simple note-taking app, and combine data from camera rolls, social media and other personal data such as location, activity, calendar appointments, food intake, sleep ...The Create4Dementia hack event hosted 50+ hackers with skills in software, design and healthcare to develop innovative technologies for those living with dementia in 24 hours. The team from Open Lab – Team Sonar – consisted of Andy Garbett, Ed Jenkins, Dan Richardson, Tom Nappey and Reuben Kirkham were awarded with the ‘Most Provocative Concept’ by the ...Drawing upon previous fieldwork in Cape Town, we produced a lo-fi, easily-reproducable, field-guide/manual in the form of a ‘zine entitled ‘how to make a music video’. The ‘zine is available both as a hard-copy, distributed via Hype Magazine (a Cape Town-based underground hip-hop magazine) and is also available as a free pdf online. The guide features illustrations by Guy ...
- Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
Thursday 10th of September
1pm - 6pmRed Tales is a participatory interactive documentary about red squirrel conservation in the UK. It is composed entirely of user-generated content from diverse and geographically separated conservation communities across the UK. It features a variety of video, image, sound and text-based content, representing contributions from over 40 individuals. A unique, dynamically-generated introduction sequence (composed from ...Accessible and validation methods for collecting and assessing dietary information is critical to the many public health interventions. Traditionally, a nutritionist interview participants to capture what has been consumed in the previous 24 hours, and this is repeated several times to estimate average consumption. To conduct such interviews at scale requires large numbers of trained ...Our project aims to explore how older people living in the Wingrove ward in Newcastle feel about their social lives, including their relationships with friends, family, neighbours and more informal contacts and connections. An individual’s experiences and perceptions of their social lives and relationships can have an impact on other aspects of their lives, such as ...Four Corners allows a photographer to add context to their photographs and is a collaboration between Open Lab, the World Press Photo Foundation, based in Amsterdam, and the International Centre for Photography, New York. Four Corners shows the reader before and after frames, the backstory, technical and copyright information and links to even more. All of ...There is a growing body of research examining the role of technology in supporting the care of – and relationships surrounding – people with dementia, yet little attention has been given to how this relates to younger family members. We conducted workshops with young people who had personal experience with dementia to understand the difficulties ...
- This research aims to enhance the six week Match Fit programme currently delivered by Newcastle United Foundation (NUF) to primary aged pupils in the North East. This programme is successful in raising the activity and awareness food intake in its participants. The project uses inexpensive fitness trackers (Xiaomi Mi Bands) to evidence behaviour change through reporting ...Since the phrase ‘Digital Public Space’ was coined (Ageh, 2012), the notion of a ‘digital public space’ has been explored and problematized through a variety of research projects through the Creative Exchange (CX) Knowledge Exchange (KE) framework. While the original definition of the term continues to influence discourses across CX, its explicit link to BBC ...Newcastle University are developing a mobile app which hopes to help people who stammer (stutter) self-monitor and reflect on their speech, by allowing them to practice speaking in different scenarios, which have been defined as potentially difficult by people who stammer, and receive feedback on their speech from a support network. Please help us to explore ...The Tyne and Wear Metro has used the same trains since it opened in 1980, but these will soon need to be replaced. Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro collaborated with Open Lab to design methods and digital tools to involve more of Metro’s 40 million passengers in the consultation process around the design of ...‘Metadating’ was a future-focused speed dating event where single participants were invited to ‘explore the romance of personal data’. Participants engaged in reflection and self-tracking prior to the workshop, and created ‘data profiles’ which they used to ‘date’ other participants. We used this fun and provocative context to investigate the potential social role of personal data ...To complement the Digital Civics research undertaken in our Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, the Digital Economy Research Centre funds 25 post-doctoral researchers across a range of disciplines. DERC will deliver a sustained program of multi- and cross- disciplinary research using research methods that are participatory, action-based, and embedded in the real world. The ...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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