A better life with smart things
The RHYME-project at Institute of design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a new project about smart things and how these things can be used to create a better life for people with severe disabilities. Centre for Music and Health at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) and the DESIGN group at the Department of informatics (Ifi) are also partners in the project.
RHYME: Co-creation through tangible interaction and music
This project addresses the lack of health improving multimodal ICT solutions for people with severe disabilities. The main objective in the RHYME project is to improve health and well-being through a new treatment paradigm based on collaborative, tangible, interactive, net based "smart things" with multimedia capabilities. The "smart things" shall motivate people to engage in communication, collaboration and co-creation, with the goal to reduce isolation and passivity, evoke feelings, ability to act and create social relations. And thereby improve health and well-being.
Pilot studies are important in RHYME, and the project starts with a pilot study of a unique, interactive, tangible media designed earlier by three of the project participants. Based on this study the project will establish a common multidisciplinary understanding and develop requirements for the next generation of prototypes. This will be done together with users, families, care givers and other researchers. The project plan is to create three new generations of prototypes focusing on different user interface qualities and communication situations. These prototypes will be tested in three pilot studies.
One of the ambitions in the project is to develop a new multidisciplinary field that assembles the fields; Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, Universal Design and Music & Health. In this setting the project will contribute to the emerging body of knowledge in interface design, in the area of networked social co-creation, based on multimodal interaction through the Internet of Things. In Universal Design, the project will develop knowledge about tangible user interface design for all. To the Music & Health field the project will contribute with knowledge of use of interactive, tangible, collaborative media, where almost no research has been done, and which is an area with great social and economical potential.
The project is a collaboration between leading partners in Norway and abroad in the fields Tangible interaction, Universal Design and Music & Health. Thanks to Birgitta Cappelen at AHO, Even Ruud at NMH and Jo Herstad at Ifi for providing images and information about the project. Herstad is appointed as project leader for RHYME.