Enabling Technology: Creating an Inclusive Approach to Digital Technology

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RCA Battersea is a long way from Bounds Green, or anywhere else that I normally go. On arrival at the Dyson Building, the exhibition seems small and it makes you doubt whether it was worth the journey. But IT DEFINITELY IS. Invest a bit of time in understanding the ideas. They’re all condensed into a relatively tiny amount of space for the scope they reach. Enabling Technology was my favourite project. It made me consider the problems that people with disabilities encounter every day. We take our sight and movement for granted. I never imagined until the point I saw the project that it might be difficult for someone to use a computer mouse.

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Using open source technology, people can tailor these designs to the person who will be using them. Everyone is different and will need to adjust the product to their needs. This could be prohibitively costly, if it wasn’t for the open source dimention. You can access the Helen Hamlyn Instructables instructions here.

LYNSTRUMENT

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A musical instrument where the keys can be moved.

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A mouse where each button you press moves the cursor in a different direction. Useful when you have limited control over your movements.


Film from the Enabling Technology project by the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in partnership with BT and Scope

THE POP-UP READER

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I love this concept so much that I took pictures of the film while it was playing in case it wasn’t going to be uploaded online. I’m going to share them below for people whose internet connection isn’t fast enough for the film. It’s a great story.


Film from the Enabling Technology project by the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in partnership with BT and Scope

Shani is partially sighted and can’t see to read very well. She wants something that will read out printed words to her. The designers thought to use her iPhone, which can already do this. The problem she had with using her iPhone was that she could not focus on the paper and it didn’t work.

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THE REPORT

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You can look at the full report here. Lovely design! It’s inspiring and useful if you want to design inclusively.
Report by Sam Jewell and Ross Atkin

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