Category: News

UbiComp’15 update – Workshop on Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

If you are planning on joining us at the Workshop on Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape, 7-8 September at UbiComp 2015, please note there is a change of plan. Instead of an organised hands-on activity, we will be delivering three talks:   Introduction to the PCA as an attitude for Participatory Design Introduction to IPR as a participatory design method Reflections on the heuristic experiences of a multidisciplinary team trying to bring the PCA to Participatory Design (with emphasis on the IPR method) ...more

Connected World?

We attended the annual United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Research Conference last Saturday on a beautiful day in Regent's Park in London. Our presentation was titled 'Interdisciplinary Research and Implications for Therapeutic Practice in a Connected World'. ...more

A Narrative of An Internet of Soft Things – ArcIntex Network Conference 2015

This year we were extremely excited to be the next host for the the ArcInTex Network Conference. This was a packed week of  3 day and 1 day workshops and a 2 day symposium held between Nottingham Trent University and Antenna Nottingham. ...more

Ubicomp’15 workshop accepted

Please see this important update to the workshop format. Members of the project team will be taking a workshop to the Ubicomp conference in Osaka in September 2015. This is an opportunity for developers and researchers to share experiences and learn about humanist approaches to participatory design. See the workshop webpage for more details and to sign up. ...more

IOST Flickr Account

Thanks to Tincuta the project now also has a flickr account. The account can be accessed via the following link. ...more

Phase 1 – Bassetlaw Mind workshops

  We recently completed a series of textile workshops with our co-researchers at MIND in Worksop. Workshops ran for six weeks, followed by a feedback and reflection session in week seven. Facilitators initially supported the group in the making of textile circuits and soft switches, later  incorporated into adapted garments, and a group circuit created by joining each individual’s made textile piece. One to one discussions developed into co-designed ideas, and the process of making became a shared activity as the weeks progressed. [gallery link="file" ids="221,222,223"] We value the relationships made with each individual during our seven weeks at MIND, and are hoping to continue the involvement of these co-researchers, as we move into the next phases of the project. ...more

Project featured in the Evening Post

The Nottingham Evening Post published an article about the project today. The article reads as follows: More comfortable hearing aids and a guitar strap that lights up are among items that have been created in Nottingham to help people with mental health issues. They were made possible by a grant of more than £300,000 to Nottingham Trent University to look into how “wearable technology and smart textiles” can help those with such problems. The money helped fund a series of workshops involving people with mental health problems in the design process of a new item. This could help them deal with their issues or simply boost their confidence. ...more

Phase 1-Pilot study workshops

For six weeks from November to December 2014 we conducted a series of pilot study workshops for An Internet of Soft Things. The workshops tested the planned practical activities; language used; the combination of PCA, textile making and therapeutic techniques; and the disciplinary relationships within our team. During the pilot study, participants developed textile circuits and soft switches using light as an output. They added electronic components to existing garments such as gloves and scarves, and then developed their own self-directed projects. Throughout the workshops, feedback and was collected allowing participants to reflect on their  experiences of the sessions and their wellbeing. [gallery ids="207,208,209"]   ...more