New Scientist: Augmented reality lets cars communicate to reduce road rage

March 27th, 2017 Comments off


You’re driving along and someone cuts you up. You go to honk your horn or make an aggressive hand gesture, when a virtual note flashes up on your windscreen: “Rushing to the hospital”. Your anger dissipates and you feel empathy instead.

Chao Wang and his colleagues at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed an augmented reality app designed to reduce road rage by improving communication between drivers. “In the US every year, 1500 people are injured or killed as a result of aggressive driving,” says Wang.

read more at New Scientist.

C. Wang, J. Terken, and J. Hu, “CarNote: Reducing Misunderstanding between Drivers by Digital Augmentation,” in Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2017, pp. 85-94.
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ID-studenten winnen World Challenge met ‘kabelkrokodil’

September 13th, 2016 Comments off

Winners“Met hun concept ‘Bit of Energy’ hebben vier studenten Industrial Design eind augustus de Tsinghua World Challenge in Beijing gewonnen. Ze bedachten een manier om kinderen bewust te maken van energieverbruik door middel van ‘Crocky’, een soort knijper die je op een stroomkabel kunt plaatsen en die het verbruik meet. ”

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LivingSurface: Biofeedback through Shape-changing Display

February 28th, 2016 Comments off

2016-TEI-LivingSurfaceIn this paper we describe the concept, design and implementation of LivingSurface, an interactive wall-like surface as a shape-changing display of biofeedback. The surface changes its shape responding to an individual’s physiological data, reflecting the internal bodily processes. The surface design basically consists of two layers: the pattern layer (front layer) and the actuating layer (back layer). The first is a complex paper-based structure with repetitive incisions created by laser cutting. The actuating layer serves as a medium transforming the force from servomotors, vibration motors or fans into an action on the
pattern layer. The cutout patterns are stimulated to vibrate, swing, bulge, or rotate which is used to display physiological information in dynamic physical form. This work has been exhibited on Milan Design Week 2015; we collected and analyzed the feedback from the visitors during the exhibition and discuss the possibilities of the proposed surfaces as a shape-changing interface of biofeedback or an ambient display of information.

B. Yu, N. Bongers, A. van Asseldonk, J. Hu, M. Funk, and L. Feijs, “LivingSurface: Biofeedback through Shape-changing Display,” in Tenth Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Eindhoven, 2016, pp. 168-175.
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January 21st, 2016 Comments off

Project by Myrte Thoolen and Bram de Vogel

2015-MyrteThoolen-Eve This report details the combined work of Bram de Vogel (B3.2 Final Bachelor) and Myrte Thoolen (Pre-Master) in semester 1 2015-2016. We developed the “Eve” Sleep Diary concept within the context of the project Tools for Medical Professionals and the project track Sleep in particular. The design challenge in the project was to develop a new sleep diary for use in the treatment of patients with insomnia. For our final concept, we designed “Eve,” a hybrid physical-digital sleep diary. Eve aims to improve the sleep logging experience for insomnia patients and to provide medical specialists with more quality and
quantity of patient sleep data, significantly benefitting the treatment.
Within this report, you may find an extensive description of the “Eve” Sleep Diary, description and analysis of the original problem, the design process as well as future development (recommendations). We have also added individual reflections regarding the project and our individual growth as designers.

M. Thoolen, and B. de Vogel, EVE, B32/Premaster Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2016.
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Designing for Gait Assistance in Parkinson’s Disease

January 14th, 2016 Comments off


The project revolves around the Freezing of Gait (FOG) phenomenon occurring among elderly patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). FOG is the temporary, involuntary inability to move and it can be experienced on turning, in narrow spaces, whilst reaching a destination, and in stressful situations. FOG is one of the most disabling and common mobility disorder in PD, and is usually observed in the advanced stages of the disease (Nieuwboer, 2013). Gait impairment and FOG seriously affect the quality of life of patients as it can lead to an unpredictable loss of control over movement and can result into falls.

… The goal for this project is to combine the established scientific knowledge on FOG and Sensory cueing with an in-depth User Research into the design of an intelligent product/service that can assist a more independent lifestyle for PD patients with FOG symptoms.

J. P. Lammoglia, Designing for Gait Assistance in Parkinson’s Disease, M21 Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2015.
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An activity theory-based model for serious games analysis and conceptual design

October 28th, 2015 Comments off

There are currently a number of models, frameworks and methodologies for serious games analysis and design that provide useful interpretations of the possibilities and limitations offered by serious games. However, these tools focus mostly on high-level aspects and requirements and do not help understand how such high-level requirements can be concretely satisfied. In this paper, we present a conceptual model, called Activity Theory-based Model of Serious Games (ATMSG), that aims to fill this gap. ATMSG supports a systematic and detailed representation of educational serious games, depicting the ways that game elements are connected to each other throughout the game, and how these elements contribute to the achievement of the desired pedagogical goals. Three evaluation studies indicate that ATMSG helped participants, particularly those with gaming experience, identify and understand the roles of each component in the game and recognize the game’s educational objectives.

M. B. Carvalho, F. Bellotti, R. Berta, A. De Gloria, G. Gazzarata, J. Hu, and M. Kickmeier-Rust, “A case study on Service-Oriented Architecture for Serious Games,” Entertainment Computing, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-10, 2015.
DOI: 10.1016/j.entcom.2014.11.001
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Best Poster award of Auto UI 15’ for Chao Wang (DI)

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

2015AutoUI_BestPosterAfter presentation and voting by conventioneers, Chao Wang, PhD Candidate in the DI group, just got the Best Poster award of AutomotiveUI 15’, which is the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain.

C. Wang, J. Terken, B. Yu, and J. Hu, “Reducing driving violations by receiving feedback from other drivers,” in Adjunct Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2015, pp. 62-67.
DOI: 10.1145/2809730.2809736
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Supportive Environments

September 28th, 2015 Comments off

by Carlijn Valk. M12 project.

2015-CarlijnValk-SupportiveEnvironmentsElderly people with dementia often suffer from negative feelings such as loneliness and anxiousness due to increased social isolation, and confusion. Design affords us the opportunity to create supportive environments that engage the elderly with dementia in such a way that they are stimulated in a positive way. From my investigations, it is clear that nature and animals have a positive effect on the emotions of residents living in care homes. However, it impossible for care providers to facilitate interactions with animals or nature. To answer this need I wanted to design an immersive experience that suggest a connection to nature for those in the care home that do not have the ability to be in nature due to limited supervision from care takers, limited outside space in urban located homes or mobility challenges.

C. Valk, Supportive Environments, M12 Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2015.
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Best Full Paper Award: Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture framework for educational serious games, by Maira Carvalho

August 30th, 2015 Comments off

icalt 2015 best paperProducing educational serious games can be costly and time-consuming. The Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach of software development can offer a solution to reduce costs and foment serious games development. In this work, we apply a model called Activity Theory-based Model of Serious Games (ATMSG) for identifying existing relevant components that can be reused for different educational serious games. We apply the derived structure to classify the elements of an existing game and to identify how it can be refactored and expanded following the SOA paradigm.

This work received a best full paper award at the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2015) in Hualien, Taiwan.

M. B. Carvalho, F. Bellotti, J. Hu, J. B. Hauge, R. Berta, A. D. Gloria, and M. Rauterberg, “Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture Framework for Educational Serious Games,” in Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on, 2015, pp. 147-151.
DOI: 10.1109/ICALT.2015.145
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Internet of Things: Social Applications

March 8th, 2015 Comments off

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