- AK-Lite is a portable version of the Ambient Kitchen and is intended for real-world home-based deployments of our experiments in pervasive sensing and display for situated cooking support. AK-Lite consists of a set of utensils fitted with accelerometers, with extra accelerometers that can be attached to handles on ovens and taps and to food containers, ...Tales of I is a installation developed in collaboration with an adult mental health and learning disability development unit. Many residents of the unit have chronic dementia, and the room is intended to help trigger pleasant memories. Tales of I consists of two bespoke pieces of furniture, a wall cabinet and a television cabinet. 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 ...Through sensors worn on the body or embedded into objects of daily use we can infer the activities performed by a subject. Extracting the characteristics of the data collected by these sensors, i.e. how these activities were performed, would be beneficial to a variety of applications, such as rehabilitation, pain therapy, sports and professional training ...This PhD investigates how children and play therapists could use digital technology at different stages of play therapy. The study also aims to establish a paradigm of understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of multi-touch digital technology in play therapy. We followed non-directive play therapy principles and theories to design a creative, ...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 ...During art therapy sessions, the therapist increases the level of art with which the client can engage if the client becomes distracted, thus bringing their focus back to the therapy. Dundee University developed a system that could monitor whether the client was becoming distracted or not. Simultaneously, we created a multi-touch table based on Frustrated ...
- The aim of MyPlace is to develop and test through real-world research a digital platform and toolkit that will enable members of the public to engage with local councils and other organisations more effectively in the research, planning and design of the urban environment. The specific domain of this project is people’s experiences of mobility and ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
Thursday 10th of September
1pm - 6pmCurrent approaches to assessing a person’s social wellbeing generally rely on subjective retrospective judgments by the person themselves at the time of the assessment. As part of the MRC-funded Monitoring Device to Objectively Assess Psychosocial Impairment project we are developing a Wearable Acoustic Monitor (WAM), a wrist-worn device that records levels of social interaction of ...This research project involves the design and development of a sensing infrastructure that consists of networked physical (e.g. presence sensors, power consumption sensors) and virtual (e.g. calendar and room booking sensors, application usage sensors) sensors, which will provide fine-grained information about how much energy is being used, for what purpose and by whom. By applying techniques ...Jewellery is inherently connected to the body: as a symbol of self, as a witness to our experiences, as a conduit to transport us to other times, places and people and because it signifies aspects of identity and inter-personal relationships. The role of the body becomes acute in dementia, being something that can represent identity ...Fiber Chopping Board (FCB) was designed and developed to track people’s fresh food preparation activities in a domestic kitchen. The FCB was compactly designed “as normal a chopping board as possible” (i.e. with technology that is effectively invisible to users). It adapts FiberBoard‘s technology and is a custom-made chopping board that is augmented with fibre ...
- 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, ...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, ...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 ...#NewsHack is a BBC Connected Studios hack day where digital tinkerers and open data advocates are invited to create hacks within 24 hours. Open Labs’s team consisted of Andrew Garbett, Tom Bartindale, Sebastian Mellor, Jan Kučera who hacked away using BBC, TheyWorkForYou, Yahoo! and Twitter API’s to create NewsDrop (http://hack.sbl.io/) National news coverage of Parliamentary debate is ...Aim: To stimulate serendipitous discovery of new web content by leveraging the Social Network Graph to augment search results. The web provides us with a wealth of new information, knowledge and discussion on an incomprehensibly massive scale. The ability to stumble across fresh and interesting online content is facilitated by the likes of search tools, Social Networks and a number ...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 ...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 ...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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