BU Festival of Learning 2015

Ability NOT Disability: Playful, Adaptive and Rehabilitative Technologies 

CDE Research Engineers provided an interactive experience featuring their latest pioneering technology. Visitors were able to see how our research can break down barriers to participation and improve the quality of life for those with conditions that limit their abilities. Exploring the emerging field of assistive technology with a hands-on understanding of how digital entertainment can support rehabilitation and special educational needs. 

This interactive drop in session took place on Saturday 11th July 12.00 – 18.00, followed by short presentations on their research during the evening sessions on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th July (19.00 – 21.00), at Bournemouth University.

Mark Moseley’s research combining eye tracking and robotic arms can allow children with severe mobility difficulties the ability to control objects in the real world. 

Asha Blatherwick is researching the creation of new musical instruments to help children with complex learning needs or physical and sensory impairments make music and express themselves. 

Phil Wilkinson is developing Digital Literacy in Schools and the Community. He works with students to help them design games to raise awareness of social issues. Games can also help young people understand their complex medical treatment or help children with educational needs better communicate with their families. 

Oliver Gingrich and Analema Group have created KIMA. KIMA is a real-time visualization tool that allows user’s emotional states and movements to control the sonic and visual patterns. 

With more than 150 free events and activities open to the public, the Festival of Learning is now in its third year, the festival aims to share Bournemouth University’s world-leading research and expertise with the community in an engaging and accessible way. 

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