Category Archives: research

March for Science (Berlin)

The March for Science, set for 22 April, arose as a grassroots reaction to concerns about the conduct of science under Donald Trump. The initial idea:  to make it an international day to take action against backward and populist ideologies. … Continue reading

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Ein Marsch für die Wissenschaft

Wissenschaft und Forschung sind eine Lebensgrundlage unserer offenen und demokratischen Gesellschaft. Da gerade in Zeiten „alternativer Fakten“ diese Botschaft besonders wichtig ist, finden am 22. April 2017 weltweit Demonstrationszüge statt. In Deutschland nehmen am sogenannten „March for Science“ die Städte … 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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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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Mixed Feelings (Documentary)

Thanks to our new team member Ulli, for pointing our attention to this intersting Documentary on the evolving convergence of technology and the humany body, especialy in “health” context: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/video/embed/286

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Book (german): Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren

[Claudia Mareis, Gesche Joost, Kora Kimpel (Hg.) Entwerfen – Wissen – Produzieren. Designforschung im Anwendungskontext; Language: German; Nov 2010, 302 S., Transcript; ISBN 978-3-8376-1463-3] ”Knowledge” and “Research” have become key terms for design. The reciprocal relationship between design practice and … Continue reading

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Self Labelling and Identity (Video)

As continuing part of David Reville’s foresaid course “Mad People’s History,” this one is about “mad people’s” self definitions , -understandings and -descriptions. “We call mad people lots of names. Most of them are not meant to be complimentary. But … Continue reading

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Mad People’s History (Video)

In his online course at Ryerson University,  David Reville, an instructor with the School of Disability Studies, explains how the history of madness differs from the history of psychiatry, and highlights the importance of including the diverse perspectives of people … 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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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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Man Machine – Fritz Kahn’s Körperbilder der Moderne

Tonight starts the exhibion on Frith Kahn, entitled “Fritz Kahn – Maschine Mensch”, at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité (university hospital), presenting more than 100 illustrations of this incredible visionary. We are looking forward to see and report … Continue reading

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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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“Future Aids”

Here we found helping aids for blind people to cope with everyday life to become a more independent. Some of them we saw in the exibition yesterday “Sechs Richtige, Louis Braille und die Blindenschrift” (Museum of communication, Berlin). braillebookstore.com

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“A blind person’s interactions with technology”

We found an interesting Article about “A blind Persons Interactions with Technology” in the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) by Kristen Shinohara and Josh Teneberg from the University of Washington. The study is an in-deapth exploratory and descriptive case study … Continue reading

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Tom Shakespeare on arguments

Bioethicist Tom Shakespeare talks about why reason doesn’t tell a good story: Shakespeare underlines that people think in stories, narratives or images, rather than in statistics. Found on newscientist

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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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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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Book: Disability/Postmodernity

…well, we do not want to promise too many book reviews…, but anyway: we are looking forward to take a closer look on this one: Disability/Postmodernity Embodying Disability Theory Edited by Mairin Corker and Tom Shakespeare

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Disability Aesthetics

In Tobin Siebers’ Paper we mentioned earlier (see also the description of our colloquium’s talk in the dates section) , he gives an introductory definition of Disability Aesthetics: “What I am calling disability aesthetics names a critical concept that seeks … Continue reading

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disability and virtual reality

As Tom Shakespeare (PEALS, University of Newcastle, UK) mentioned in his talk at Vienna University (9 may 2008), the www offers various opportunities for social integration to bodily or mentlly impaired people. The communication through the internet offers chances of … 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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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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Seeing in the dark.

A blind man shocks researchers with what he sees…. …and Seed Mag wrote an article about it!

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Deep brain stimulation – Restoring sight to the blind.

John Pezari brings us the award winning idea of restoring images through brain stimulation: Check this article about it on scienceblog! Or find deeper info in his paper: Pezaris, J. S. & Reid, R. C. (2007). Demonstration of artificial visual … Continue reading

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Echolocation – Seeing with sound!

Here’s the first 10 minutes of a documentary called Extraordinary People: The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes. It’s about Ben Underwood, a blind teenager from Sacramento who uses echolocation.  Believe it or not – this documentary called “Extraordinary People” portraits … Continue reading

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Blind people are better at finding their way…

…at least, that is what Madelaine Fortin of the Université de Montréal and her colleagues claim: Together with 19 blind participants and 19 sighted controls for their study they have been researching on blind and sighted spatial orientation. Here you … 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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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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Book: Foucault and the Government of Disability

Shelley Lynn Tremain: Foucault and the Government of Disability (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability) (University of Michigan Press) This one looks pretty interesting to us. We hopefully will prepare a short review on it, soon!

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Book: Disability Theory (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability)

Tobin Siebers: Disability Theory (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability) (University of Michigan Press, 2008) “blurb”:  Intelligent, provocative, and challenging, Disability Theory revolutionizes the terrain of theory by providing indisputable evidence of the value and utility that a disability studies perspective can … Continue reading

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Book: Körper, Kultur und Behinderung (German)

Markus Dederich: Körper, Kultur und Behinderung: Eine Einführung in die Disability Studies (Transcript Verlag, 2007) Klappentext: Dieses Buch ist die erste deutschsprachige Einführung in die Disability Studies aus einer kulturwissenschaftlichen Perspektive. Es beleuchtet Prozesse der Hervorbringung, Repräsentation und Transformation außerordentlicher … Continue reading

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Book: Disability Studies, Kultursoziologie und Soziologie der Behinderung (German)

Anne Waldschmidt & Werner Schneider (Hrsg.) Disability Studies, Kultursoziologie und Soziologie der Behinderung: Erkundungen in einem neuen Forschungsfeld (Transcript Verlag, 2007) Klappentext Erstmalig für den deutschsprachigen Raum findet in dieser interdisziplinären Anthologie eine Begegnung der Kultursoziologie mit der Soziologie der … 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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