Category Archives: alternative communication

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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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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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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Graham Pullin speaks at our Research Colloquium (on 9th of august)

We are happy to have Graham Pullin as a guest speaker at our next Research Colloquium at T-Labs on monday, 9th of august. Graham will talk about aspects from his book, as well about some of his latest projects, e.g. … Continue reading

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Experience research live at 4010

Next Week (April 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.) we will present some insights from our research process of the project speechless. Entrance is free; refreshments will be provided We are looking forward to seeing you there! Presentation “Speechless – Researching … Continue reading

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Live subtitles in ARD

“BRISANT”, a boulevard magazine of the german TV-station ARD will, from now on, be broadcasted with live subtitles. This decision is based on increasing numbers of deaf or hearing impared people . Here you can read more.

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Mobile ASL

A research project of Neva Cherniavsky, University of Washington   The goal of the Mobile ASL project is to compress sign language video so that deaf users in the USA can communicate via cell phone. While the deaf community has … Continue reading

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Calligraphy

The term calligraphy usually evokes an image of beautiful writing and lettering. The series in Jolanta Lapiaks photocalligraphy body of works called Photospeaking and/or Photowriting inspects the notion of calligraphy and deconstructs this notion. “a splendid flash of concrete poetry”, Photospeaking … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 6th lesson report

What´s your name?   My name… I can´t write it down anymore. My first name looks like I´m putting something into my hair and saying my name without voice (very important!). My last name looks almost like I´m rowing, also combined … Continue reading

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Not all hollow words… (Nicht nur Schall und Rauch…)

  That`s what my first talk with a deaf person looks like. Actually looks like! In the long run, it would cost a big amount of paper and pens, and lost of patients to communicate that way. Lots of details … Continue reading

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Sprachlos/Speechless in DGS

Thats what Sprachlos/Speechless looks like in german sign language (DGS). I took pictures with the software of the “Wörterbuch der deutschen Gebärdensprache”. I´m not sure if the whole sign is recognizable in these pictures. [pictures: Kestner Verlag]

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Sign Language Course – 5th lesson report

We learned some more interesting aspects about sign language in our latest class in DGS (German Sign Language). One aspect was the grammatical setUp of subject-object-verb (in difference to german grammatic). That means, a typical sentence would be built like … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 4th lesson report

We learned some interesting aspects about sign language in our latest class in DGS (German Sign Language). One aspect was the determination of different mimics in different context (e.g. question, doubt, command,…). On the bottom of this post you find … Continue reading

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Das große Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache

Yesterday I installed the software for the “Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache” As soon I have time I will take a closer look on it. I´m excited to find out more about this language through this media.

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Sense Parcour (Workshop Review)

In our Sense-Parcour-Workshop (17 august 09), we discussed and experienced the “sense” with kids and teenagers, that actually don’t have visual or accustical impairment. What is it like, when you can suddenly not hear or feel any more? How about … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (Review)

Our Workshop with with deaf Teenagers at the StreetLab (13 august 09) was interesting and fun. We had two Sign Language Translators to support us. We talked about specifics and properties of Deaf Life. What are typical problems for Deaf … Continue reading

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Lorming – Tactile Signs

[Graphic of the lormhand icluding the touchpoints for the letters. picture/source: taubblindenwerk.de] By using their tactile – kinesthetic sense (= through Movement and Touch) blind and deafblind people can train to exchange information with their partners of communication with the … Continue reading

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Illiteracy

Even in Berlin, about 200.000 people are illiterate. Not really as a substitution, but in addition to written language we want to underline the importance of visual communication, symbolic language, alternative/augmentative communication etc. also for the context of illiteracy. One … Continue reading

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Multimodal Communication System

In the framework of our research, we have been doing several workshops with people with different abilities/disabilities (The latest one was with deaf people on august 13, the next one will be with hearing and sighted people on august 25). … Continue reading

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International Sign Languages and Multi Touch – A playful learning tool

Found this one. Source unknown…

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Sign Language Course – 2nd Lesson Report

Almost we forgot to upload Sarah’s report of our second lesson at the sign language course. There it is: We got so far that time, Raoul could tell us a joke at the end of the lesson. It took a … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (13 august)

On thursday, 13th of august, we will do a co-design-workshop with deaf kids at the StreetLab. Together in playfull workshops, we are going to explore the properties of deaf communication. Furthermore we will develop expedient and sensible product- and service … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses! Review of our Co-Design Workshop with Kids from Neukölln(Berlin)

Our yesterday’s kids-workshop on navigation and (mobile) communication by different senses (see post below!) was awesome: We had a full day outdoor workshop with kids between the age of 3 to 12 years. It was difficult to count them, but we guess during … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses – Workshop with Kids

Less than two weeks before we start the StreetLab, we and our colleagues take part at this nice open-air festival in Berlin called PLATZSPIELE, where we provide several workshops with kids (28.7., 30.7., 2.8, 4.8.). On thursday july 30, we … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 3rd Lesson Report

In our third lesson in Sign Language, we learned some more basic words, we learned how to “mirror” geometrical forms, played “silent post” (”stille Post”) – of course only by signing – which was again pretty fun. We furthermore got … Continue reading

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Dialog in Silence

Yesterday we went to Dortmund, to visit the DASA exhibition “Dialog im Stillen” (Dialog in Silence). We will report from that soon! [exhibition flyer; DASA; dialog-im-stillen]

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StreetLab features workshops for deaf and blind kids (amongst others).

[StreetLab; Berlin] (German): Neukölln (Berlin) wird vom 10. – 30. August zum Zukunftslabor für mobile Kommunikation – Kinder und Jugendliche gestalten die Zukunft der mobilen Kommunikation gemeinsam mit Design-Forscherinnen und Forschern der Technischen Universität Berlin Ort: Wildenbruchstrasse 88. Im Rahmen der … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 1st lesson report

Since we want to learn more about deaf communication, my colleague Sarah and I attended our first lesson at a basic course in sign language. We will, from now on, report from our experience there: In our first lesson (with our deaf teacher … Continue reading

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Deaf Music – Gehörlose Musik (by DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS)

In November 1998, many hearing-impaired people – and an equal amount of those who could hear just fine – made their way to the Prater der Berliner Volksbühne to witness a process as part of a series of events called … Continue reading

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StreetLab – free summer workshops for young kids on communication and design

StreetLab, a summer project of the Design Research Lab,  offers free workshops for and with youg kids and teeanagers from 10th to 28th of august in Neukölln (Berlin). The workshops will contain creative examinations around the topic fields communication, perception, (social) … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Memory

[Elephant’s Memory – Alphabet] Since we are also interested in altervative and augmentative communication, we still kind of like this KHM project, called The Elephant’s Memory. A pictorial language consisting of more than a hundred and a fifty combinable graphic … Continue reading

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