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“Medien schaffen Wirklichkeit – Journalistinnen und Journalisten wissen das und bedienen sich leider dennoch häufig einseitiger Sprachbilder, Floskeln und Klischees. Formulierungen wie „an den Rollstuhl gefesselt“ oder „leidet an“ lassen negative Bilder im Kopf entstehen, die das öffentliche Bild behinderter … Continue reading
The Verge’s Ben Popper explores the world of biohacking, where DIY cyborgs are pushing the bleeding edge of human enhancement. From basement labs to piercing shops. A documentary about the “grinder” culture that hopes to merge man and machine.
Lepht Anonym on biohacking, implants, sensory extension, silicon and on how to hack your own perception of electromagnetic radiation for approximately thirty Euros.
Design Research Lab Berlin is collaborating with DesignInquiry on another experimental workshop-format that will take place in 2012. Our friends and colleagues Alexander Müller-Rakow and Florian Sametinger have been organizing this promising Berlin event, and DESIGNABILITIES is pretty much looking forward to it! … Continue reading
100 ideas, 3 minutes, 1 day. At the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, 100 inspiring people presented their breakthroughs. DESIGNABILITIES Initiator Tom Bieling was one them….and won the second place. Congrats! [Chairmen of the falling walls lab jury, Ernst Th. … Continue reading
After our last lively feature discussion in april there will be another interesting one this friday. This time it will be in English again. The discussion is open for everyone to join. Looking forward to your contributions! Feature Discussion ‘Before … Continue reading
This project just caught our attention: A system, where the user wears a headset with sensors that pick up magnetic signals from a tongue ring. Moving the tongue to the mouth’s corners, moves the wheelchair forward or backward etc… The … Continue reading
[ARCH+ issue 201/202 on Berlin; Cover by Meiré und Meiré] The german magazine for archicture “ARCH+” recently published this one: “Im Werden begriffen – Designperspektiven für Berlin Von Bieling, Tom Berlin, Stadt der Kreativen. 2006 zur „UNESCO City of Design“ ernannt, … Continue reading
Susanna Hertrich recomended this one to us, since it seems to fit perfectly in our topic. She says: “Slightely disturbing novel of a circus family of “freaks” that questions our understanding of normality. Expect weird sexual festishes, strange cults, crazy tyrants, … Continue reading
In Per-Olof Hedvall’s Book “The Activity Diamond – Modeling an Enhanced Accessibility”, which he elaborated at Lund University’s Department of Design Sciences, he assembles three quotes, to be shared here now. The first two of them are surely pretty popular. … Continue reading
Recently our colleague and friend fabian gave a fantastic presentation at TED‘s satalite in Berlin. Who missed his thoughts on ‘humanizing technology’ should check it out her:
The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), created by Cyberdyne Corporation to “upgrade existing physical capabilities of the human body”, weigths 23 kg and is comprised of robotic limbs and a backpack containing the suit’s battery and computer system. The HAL suit … Continue reading
“The Bell Telephone Laboratory’s Voder* was the first attempt to synthesise human speech by breaking it down into its component sounds and then reproducing the sound patterns electronically to create speech. That sounds simple in theory and, in fact it … Continue reading
Mobility in the mudflat… [Picture (now anonymised) found at: buesum24]
[picture source: unknown] How might we bring assistive products/technologies and aspects/activities of entertainment to a fruitful and enriching fusion? Let’s take pictures like the one above as a though-provoking source of inspiration.
Researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Leeds have been experimenting with a tracking system: simply by watching TV the computer learns to match subtitles and Sign Language… The following short clip is german:
Besides the questions about hoe environment changes the body and vice versa, we like to ask further questions related to embodiment: What belongs to a body and what not? When does a body stop be be human, and when does … Continue reading
This sticker was send to us by a friend. He does not know, where it comes from, and neither do we. However we are consistent with the idea behind it…
With interest we recently received a hint on some kind of “trend”, called webbed toe piercing. Some people with who have toes that are fused by soft tissue, do it. Apparently, this area is a very safe spot to pierce … Continue reading
[MITpress] Chris Gondek interviews Graham Pullin, the author of Design Meets Disability. (Besides an interview with Charlie Hailey, author of “Camps”). Listen to the interview!
Remember the game from the childhood, where you would drew pictures on somebody’s back, who then had to guess what it was? This one here is quite similar…
As a food for thoughts on the general discussion on accessibility, we like to share this poster with you. The poster is part of the latest campaign by AKTION MENSCH (dieGesellschafter.de)