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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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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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Sonic Experiments by Christine Sun Kim

Filmmaker and photographer Todd Selby profiles Christine Sun Kim‘s performance work. On Nowness we find the following description: “Deaf from birth, Kim turned to using sound as a medium during an artist residency in Berlin in 2008, and has since … 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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Open University: Mit den Händen sprechen

Die Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) führt das Projekt “Open University: Mit den Händen sprechen” durch. Gehörlose und hörende Referenten präsentieren von April bis Juni 2011 Vorträge/Filme/Performances/Diskussionen rund ums Thema Gebärdensprache und Gehörlosenkultur. Ein Projekt zum Abbau von Barrieren zwischen Hörenden … 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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Sing Languae Advent Calendar

[sign language advent calendar by kindergebaerden] For the final spurt juntil xmas jwe wish everybody a good time. You may enjoy it even more with the Sign Language Advent Calendar by Kindergebärden, which from now on daily opens a calendar … Continue reading

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SenCity

Two weeks ago, the netherland-based Deaf-Party Crew SENCITY celebrated their first party abroad, here in berlin (Glashaus). A great opportunity not only to meet our former colleague Oscar again, but also to get an idea of what the announced highlights … Continue reading

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I.L.Y St. Pauli!

On the occasion of F.C. St. Pauli’s return to the Bundesliga, we send a big hello to hamburg and to one specific Fan Club: Deaf St. Pauli. We especially like their new logo, which combines the classic St. Pauli skull and crossbones … Continue reading

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Vibes, Rings and Visors

Korean Designers Kim Min-hee, Kwang-seok Jeong and Hyun-joong Kim come up with a concept for a clock, called “vibering”. The idea behind it: The clock and the corresponding rings “hear” noise and might warn (e.g. deaf) people who wear them. [vibering] So … 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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Music and Deafness

In the context of popular music, there has always been an ambivalent relation to Loudness. On the one hand, certain music needs a certain volume to be fully perceived by the audience (think of live gigs or parties), on the … Continue reading

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Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache

[Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache; DVD Cover] My colleague Corinna, just told me about this Swiss documentary about the Sign Language Artist and Poetry Slammer Rolf Lanicca. It has recently been released on DVD. Here is the Trailer!

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THISABILITY vs. DISABILITY

What a pity, that we missed last year’s electronic art exhibion thisAbility vs. Disability – Looking at Disability through Creative Senses in Seoul. The exhibition presented ten interactive electronic art installations examining themes of human capability through creative transition of … Continue reading

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My hearing-aid. My secret.

This german advertisement has recently caused discussion amongst various blogger-communities, e.g. lately in the SOZIALHELDEN blog “Alles-was-gerecht-ist.de“.  The picture is taken from a campaign for siemens hearing-aids. It says: “My hearing-aid. My secret.” The general discussion now is, whether this might force … 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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Animal signs

If we deal with sings to communicate among people that cannot hear or talk, we can also look at other creatures which need to communicate without talk. Handspeak.com has a share about the ability of dogs communicate among each other … 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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Easy signs

Finally I got to install the “Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache”. As recommended to us, it is really easy to use and gives a great overview on how substantial and complex the german sign language (DGS) is. Still, I found some … Continue reading

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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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Plugged In: Hearing, With Help (US documentary)

Us-Documentary oabout hearing implants:

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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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Baby-sign-language – to communicate with babys before they speak

Babyzeichensprache – mit Babys kommunizieren bevor sie sprechen können The idea came from the USA in the 1980s. Scientists found out that hearing children from deaf parents were much earlier able to communicate than hearing children from hearing parents. In … Continue reading

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Interview mit einer Gehörlosen – Roger Willemsen

Emmanuelle Laborit (actress) und Caroline Link (director) Interesting to watch and listen to! About names deaf people give each other and people hiding emotions and being explored by deaf due to their fine visual senses.

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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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DEFEYES interprets EMINEM

DEFEYES, some call him the world’s fastest sign rapper, does Eminem’s “Loose yourself”, signing to every word and fluently interpreting rap, in this one:

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Finissage StreetLab (15 September)

[For English see below!] StreetLab Finisage – Eine Ausstellung des Zukunftslabors für mobile Kommunikation Zum allerletzten mal öffnen wir die Pforten unseres StreetLabs für eine große Abschluss Ausstellung. Dort wird es viel zu sehen und zu erleben geben und wir … Continue reading

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No hearing aid for a better concentration

Just saw an interview with a hard of hearing tennis player, who claimed that he sometimes puts away his hearing aid during a match. Exluding noise influence (especially comments by the audience) helps him to deeper concentrate on the sport!

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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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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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Deaf Music Experience

With his concept for ‘Siento’ (span.: I feel), Design Student Ufuk Yüksel of Fachhochschule Cobur Yüksel convinced the Jury in 2006. We haven’t seen or tested it. And the only information we have, is the german description the design center … 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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Lip Reading (Commercial for the Foundation for the Deaf)

The agency DDB Nova Zelândia produced this advertisement for a Foundation for the Deaf with a nice and simple animation…:

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iPhone as a Hearing Aid?

[picture: soundAMP; AppStore] iPhone’s App Store recently added soundAMP, a hearing aid application available for $9.99. The app basically takes everything that reaches the phone’s microphone, and makes it louder. Manually adjustment and choose from different equalizer settings are possible. It also … Continue reading

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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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Hearing for all. Solar-powered hearing-aid battery charger.

[by Godisa] Some might know this product from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90% exhibition. The solar-powered hearing-aid by godisa comes with:   Charge battery with free solar power Fully charged in 2 – 5 hours Recharged … 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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Sound as Sight – Sight as Sound ||| Sound as Vibration – Vibration as Sound

[sound as sight – sight as sound] [sound as vibration – vibration as sound] In the bsd project on designing adaptive environments, the project team base some of their architectural planning thoughts on language and sound communicated at multiple scales.  These scales … Continue reading

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Mediating Deaf Experience

In their project on designing adaptive environments, the Beverley School for the Deaf has collected a series of simple diagrams illustrating the DEAF experience.  These aim to mediate ideas of communication, interaction, education, interface, ethics, etc.  “The first four address … Continue reading

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Transfering clarity – from deaf communication to spatial realms

[quick/dirty illu + mobile foto: Tom Bieling] The guys from bsd+design have given an interesting thought about clarity on deaf communication, in this short post. “…For example, in a meeting, those with the loudest voices do not automatically dominate the … Continue reading

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Real-Time Text to help the “Deaf” to speak…

Supported by the initiative Enabling Access of the Internet Society, the Real-Time Text Taskforce (R3TF) is getting started. Refering to the RFC 5194 they are working on a text-over-IP-extension, that enables deaf and hard of hearing people, to experience text communication in real … Continue reading

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Disability Culture

(Picture from Bruce Conner’s video for Devo’s “Mongoloid”) ———————————————————————- “Yes, the doctor told me, boy, you don’t need no pills. Just a handful of nickels, the juke box will cure your ills.” Carl Perkins, disabled rockabilly pioneer ———————————————————————- As in … Continue reading

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Handtalk

 Inventors from Carnegie Mellon have come up wit this glove namede Handtalk, that is intended to convert hand movements into text. The glove senses the movements through the flexor pads which detect dhe different patterns of motion and the way … Continue reading

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Singn Language course

We want to learn more about deaf communication. Therefore, as a first step, we will attend a basic course in sign language from mid of 2009 until autumn. The course will be provided by “Gehörlosenverband Berlin” http://www.deafberlin.de

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Hearwear – Design concepts for hearing aids.

We unfortunately missed this exhibition of RNID, UK’s charity for deaf people and design magazine Blueprint  at Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the futuristic hearing aids, that were shown at the exhibition called Hearwear, are still shown here.  The concept products on … Continue reading

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Feel Music through speaker!

In 2005 Product designer Shane Kerwin has created a device that allows deaf people to “feel” music with their fingertips through an audio speaker. With Vibrato, a speaker is connected to five different finger pads. When music is played, it … Continue reading

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Def ppl lv 2 txt (Deaf people love to text)

In 2004 researchers of Bond University in Queensland (Australia), declared that sending text messages via mobile phones is helping deaf people to interact with the hearing community. Mobile phones put deaf people on the “same level playing field as hearing people” … Continue reading

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Deafness in Disguise

Deafness in Disguise presents images, illustrations, advertising pamphlets, trade catalogs, patents, rare books and other material pertaining to mechanical and electrical hearing devices from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of particular focus in this exhibit are hearing devices that were … Continue reading

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Universal Design in Museums

Rebecca McGinnis, Access Coordinator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), on art education for the blind and inclusive design in general. “Universal design is not a kind of ‘one size fits all’-approach”…

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Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen

This TED Talk by Evelyn Glennie has been recorded some time ago, but still is worth watching:  http://www.ted.com/talks/evelyn_glennie_shows_how_to_listen.html Glennie, who has been profoundly deaf  (very limited hearing) since she was 12, talks about her self-taught ways of hearing with parts of … Continue reading

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Interview (Die ZEIT): What do you see? What do you hear?

In the the german newspaper DIE ZEIT, we found the inspiring article “Was siehst Du? Was hörst Du?” (engl.: “What do you see? What do you hear?”). A blind woman and a deaf man meet each other for a double-interview … Continue reading

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Book: Design meets disability

We have not read this recent publication of Graham Pullin all through, yet. But if it is as interesting, as the table of content promises, we will give a review on it, soon. In advannce, here is what the publisher … Continue reading

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