- Cultures of fear can be spread, either deliberately or otherwise, by a wide range of agents including the media, government, science, the arts, industry and politics. The ease of which fear can be generated means that today’s society remains inordinately fearful of improbable harms and dangers. A good deal of societal fear stems from mistrust ...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, ...Loneliness is one of the most significant challenges facing Western society in the 21st century. Not only does research suggest that 1 in 10 people are lonely, our radically transforming society threatens to make the situation significantly worse. Increasingly large proportions of our lives are being lived in online environments, more people are now working ...‘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 ...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 ...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 ...Red 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 ...
- 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. ...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 ...Open Lab is Hiring! We are always on the look out for talent in the lab, whether you are an excellent developer, awesome interaction design, or an ethnographer with a passion for digital technology. We currently have three post-doc vacancies within the lab: 1) Research Associate / Assistant in Interaction Design and User Experience (Digital Social Care) 2) Research Associate ...Charting an Alternative A-Z of the Nation This project reimagines the poetic map of Britain. During 2016 literary critics, poets, computer scientists, students, teachers and arts organizations will digitally develop the critically acclaimed poetry anthology, Out of Bounds. We will be working to capture poetry as performance, sound, accent, image, and much more. Watch this space ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
Thursday 10th of September
1pm - 6pmThe School in the Cloud combines SOLEs and the Granny Cloud together through seven experimental facilities funded by the TED prize. In addition, countless teachers around the world are using SOLEs in various forms. Made by Many developed the first version of the website for the School in the Cloud project, which is expected to ...
- 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 ...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. ...In collaboration with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Nesta and Microsoft Research a discovery search interface was developed that aims to improve public access and engagement with digital heritage collections. The exploratory web platform and novel search interface is implemented for Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums’ online collections and aims to encourage people ...Bootlegger is a revolutionary new tool for shooting live event videos using mobile phones. Musicians and fans can connect using Bootlegger to produce high-quality multi-camera concert films. Bootlegger acts as director and producer, coordinating camera operators, suggesting shots and collecting footage. During the gig, the Bootlegger app allocates shots according to where you are in ...Digital resources are powerful tools that can aid in the process of community building. In this project, we are exploring the ways in which trust (and legacies of mistrust) can lead to social exclusion and power imbalances within minority communities in the UK. While many of these issues have been examined separately, no previous research has examined ...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 ...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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