Category Archives: reciprocal learning

Body and Environment – Mutual Influence

[Joris Laarman‘s Bone Chair] Since we have been aksing ourselves, how odies and environment influence one another, we are not only looking for evidence of body modification caused by artificial world, but also of  artifacts influenced by body model. Laarman’s … Continue reading

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Experience Disability to inform interaction design

As we already mentioned, we sometimes use capability simulation in order to think about interaction in terms of disabilty. That means, we try to (make people) experience certain “disabilities” in order to rethink concepts of interaction design. By systematically reducing … Continue reading

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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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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 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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Re-evaluating body and material

[Benetton; Food for Life; Campaign 2003 ] We have been discussing the corelation of “disabilities” and “abilites”, as well as it’s perspectives for practical use, mis-use and re-use of body and material for quite a while now. Well, the picture above, taken from the 2003’s benetton- and world-food-programme … Continue reading

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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 – 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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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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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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Redefining what the body can be

[picture: cover of I.D. magazine]   In her recent TED talk, record-breaking Aimee Mullins (paralympic games 1996), who is also known as an actress and model, talks not only about how her high-tech legs are giving her super-powers, but takes … Continue reading

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Braille as a concept of multiperspective use, far beyond it’s intention.

Talking about cross-functional concepts, in context of bodily impairment, the Braille system is already a good example: Developed by Louis Braille in 1821, the orginal task was to develop an existing system to enable Napoleon’s soldiers to reliably read documents in the dark without opening … 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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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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Amphibia – Font for both blind and seeing people.

(Foto: DesignHelps, Merz&Solitude 2007) Amphibia / Schriftentwurf / 2006 “Amphibia” is a font, meant to be read from both blind and seeing people. Although (at least for the seeing people) it seems not very usefull for body text, the concept is still … Continue reading

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