|A living interface|
| Posted on 11/04/2014 - 23:20|
Using the natural sensory impact from plants in any given environment to reflect 'the happening' in a positive way. The plants as sensors can be monitored by use of a remote low key app to reflect how the individual in said environment are coping.
Independent living is a term that is just that, a term. Independence comes from living independently. This is a term that is possibly misunderstood by lack of research at times. I have done an amount of research in this area and feel that it is an area that could be addressed by understanding the actual needs of the people that need to be independent. After much research in this area I came up with the idea of using natural objects to reflect these needs. After much thought and validated User experience based research gained from other projects in this field I found that the main challenge was creating an environment that would satisfy the needs of the end user i.e. the person whom had the need to be independent but without the feeling of being 'monitored' by obvious technology.
The solution as an concept is very simple to deploy and subsequently test within the right environment and with the attentive, driven, motivated skillsets that would be required. The idea may have value and is very low cost to deploy and test in a technological sense, this is entirely possible and easily deployed in this sense within the environment that I am working in. Most of the resources and time after this initial deployment which would and should occur within a lab based environment as a concept initially. Once the tech has been deployed and proven by existing technologies then the concept would need to be deployed after this within a accepted area i.e. real end users of this concept would need to be engaged with to test the concept and iterate the design by user testing.
Target group and social impact
I would identify this 'product / concept' as being useful for any individual that desires independence. At the same time said person would have to have individual rights and feelings taken into account. They would need transparency over being automatously monitored by a technology that is outside of their control and indeed more immediate. Sometimes tech is alien to the people that it is / might be imposed? A much more natural environment that they are aware of and are inclusive of might be a much better opportunity. If I was in need of this when I get older I would want it to be natural none imposing and in my control. In this 'respect' and thinking into my older years I think that the living interface would be a much more inclusive and natural option that I would like to engage with.
Competences of the applicant
UX / expert, project management experience in a wide range of innovation based successful proven projects ranging from Health, Education through predictive control based complex system design. Also have access and ability to bringing together a diverse skillset of resources to bring this project to successful completion as a prototype within the center that I am working in.
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