Category Archives: accessible

senseAbility – Mediale Praktiken des Sehens und Hörens (#BookReview, german)

Wer Hören und Sehen als zwangsläufig natürlich gegebene Fähigkeiten interpretiert, geht unweigerlich auch davon aus, dass als „unnatürlich“ gilt, wer nichts hört oder sieht. Was aber, wenn wir beides als Praktiken begreifen, die sich eher als Effekte technologisch bedingter Handlungszusammenhänge ergeben? … Continue reading

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Changing Worlds – Ideologies, Utopias and Ambitions in Science and Technology

The latest issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Sciences (GJSS) has a strong focus on Science and Technology Studies (STS) topics. Its title “Changing Worlds” alludes to multiple meanings as not only are we changing the world – or worlds –, but they … Continue reading

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Partizipative und inklusive Mensch-Technik-Interaktion

Bereits am 21. April 2015 fand in der Berliner Villa Donnersmarck das “Friedrichshainer Kolloquium des Instituts Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft (IMEW) unter dem Titel „Technikgestaltung – die Perspektive Behinderung im Kontext der Innovations- und Technikentwicklung“ statt. In ihrem gemeinsamen Vortrag und der anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion … Continue reading

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MENSCH, MASCHINE! Wie barrierefrei ist die digitale Gesellschaft?

Ältere Menschen und Menschen mit Behinderungen fühlen sich bisweilen von der digitalen Welt ausgegrenzt. Nicht immer wird die Technik ihren Bedürfnissen gerecht oder sie ist unpraktikabel oder unnötig kompliziert. Gleichwohl gibt es auch Unterstützungstechnologien, mit deren Hilfe sich behinderungs- und altersbezogene Nachteile … Continue reading

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Fachtag: Barriere? frei!

“Unsere Tagungsbroschüre ist leider nicht barrierefrei”. Mit diesen Worten wurde heute in Dresden der Fachtag “Barriere? Frei!” eingeleitet. Ehrliche Worte, die zugleich verdeutlichten, dass der Weg zur Inklusion steinig und lang ist. Umso wichtiger, dass man ihn dennoch geht. “Man … Continue reading

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Lorm Hand connects deaf-blind people with twitter

On the 4th October an impressive protest march of the deaf-blind took place in Berlin. Many of the participants took the opportunity to express and tweet their thoughts, demands, needs, wishes and requests with the @LormHand. The Lorm Hand is an … Continue reading

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Making a website tangible

After a conversation with (Animation & Illustration) Design Student Ellie Pritchard from Kingston University London about here projects in the context of sensory technology research today, we do not want to miss to share her and her colleagues’  student project … Continue reading

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Teaching through Touch

A Project at Vanderbilt University on how technology can be used to teach math skills to the visually impaired…

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Mobile Lorm Glove – A Communication device for deaf-blind people.

The Mobile Lorm Glove is a communication and translation device for the deaf- blind. It translates the hand-touch alphabet Lorm, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and vision impairment, into digital text and vice-versa. The … Continue reading

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Touching new ways of commincation for 2012 and beyond….

Dear friends Liebe Freunde Caras amigos A healthy, successful and happy 2012 to all of you (especially those we haven’t met this year)! Euch allen (insbesondere denen, die wir in diesem Jahr leider nicht treffen konnten) sowie einen sicheren Rutsch … Continue reading

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HangUp (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“HangUp” is a tool that accounts certain human conditions or situations, where people can not use their hands while being on the phone. For example deaf people need both hands for sign language. But also non-deaf people are often confronted … Continue reading

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Mobile Alert Recognition (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Mobile Alert Recognition” is an application that identifies auditory alerts through signal recognition and informs the user about important events. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Sign-to-Text (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Sign-to-Text” is an application for tracking fingeralphabet for SMS-use on Mobile Phones. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with T-Labs Berlin. . The project explores challenges and possibilites … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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Universal Design Conference 2010 – Report from Hamamatsu

Colleague and friend Stefan Goellner just got back from his trip to Japan, where he visited the 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu. His conference report for the DRNetwork is being shared here: Universal Design – strongly supported … Continue reading

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Tom Shakespeare speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 2nd of august)

This august is full of interesting guest speakers. Before Graham Pullin (august 9) and Tuuli Mattelmäki (august 23) come to talk at T-Labs’ Research Colloquium, we are happy to have Tom Shakespeare speaking on “What do we need to know … Continue reading

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Prototyping in SecondLife – Experiencing Disability for optimizing Accessibility

Lloyd, Birchler and Perry developed a multimedia prototype of a virtual reality application for the NCA (National Center on Accessibility). The application would allow participants to explore issues of accessibility within public parks and recreation areas. The used Second Life … Continue reading

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