These new versions of the original ReacTickles have been developed to run on most browsers. They will run on tablets and phones, but as some of them are keyboard interactions, if they don't work, then check the description! Have fun!
Great to be back at Ysgol y Deri collaborating with teaching practitioners from across the autism and PMLD sector in Wales. With a focus on Enchantment and the new Expressive Arts curriculum, our first "digital imagining" workshop considered whether co-production could be a viable and feasible method of addressing the digital marginalisation of … Continue Reading ››
As well as Dancing in Data, Wendy presented a paper entitled: "Somability: movement, independence and social engagement for adults with complex needs", which reported on the design process and early findings on the Somability project. Even though we created the software back in 2014, there is … Continue Reading ››
Lise and Wendy presented their paper "Dancing in data: Representation, repetition and recreation" and the inaugural Movementis Conference at the Oxford University Examination Rooms this week. Although the conference had a scientific bias, the paper received very positive feedback from those who appreciated the need for a "human" approach to movement research
Wendy and Lise Hansen presented a paper entitled Conceptualising Kinesthesia – Making Movement Palpable at the European Academy of Design conference in Rome http://www.designfornext.org/index.html. The motivation for the paper, and a new network of collaborators is to reconnect with the sensuous, experiential nature of movement, to visualize data in a move away from the … Continue Reading ››
In response to a lot of interest recently in the original ReacTickles, Joel and I have been working on re-creating them for the web, so they will run from your browser, rather than having to load and install a CD.
In July I gave a talk for in London at the ESRC Shaping Autism … Continue Reading ››
The team at Egenis, Exeter University have been working with ReacTickles Magic and Somantics as part of their project, Exploring Diagnosis. Funded through the Wellcome Trust, the project team have been running animation workshops with adults on the autism spectrum and film production company Calling the Shots. Most exciting has been the interest … Continue Reading ››
We made some lovely new discoveries for Somantics when we participated in the Fun Palaces weekend, organised by artist Terry Chinn. Using a light sabre as an input device generated some gorgeous, distinctive patterns with Kaleidoscope, which contrasted with the more subdued mix of human … Continue Reading ››
We had great fun at the Inc summer workshop this week. Following a series of drama games that focused on movement based semiotics we set up the latest version of Somability in the large drama studio. We mainly used Flow, trying it out in each of the different display modes: Mirror, Skeleton, Silhouette … Continue Reading ››
This one-day conference brought a diverse range of speakers and delegates together to share research, practical experiences and ideas for technological innovation. Jamie and Lion set the tone for understanding the impact of technology in day-to-day living - for communication, work and leisure.
Our talk offered a journey through our experiences of developing software, … Continue Reading ››
Wendy has been in Melbourne, Australia during November, sharing both the Somatopia and Somability projects with Scope Victoria, and presenting at the prestigious 50th Anniversary ASID conference. Both events have led to connecting and sharing ideas with some fantastic people, especially … Continue Reading ››
Great to share insights and experiences of the "flow state" with Damian Milton at the first NAS design and autism conference. From the earliest days of designing ReacTickles we noticed how anxiety reduced and happiness increased when children were absorbed in their flow of interest, so it was fantastic to hear … Continue Reading ››
Here is a lovely video of the Accolade Awards. The judges were impressed with how the Somability approach to technology could offer new experiences with a traditional service, and cited the project as a "fine example of and co=producing and co-creating". Here are the judges comments.
First ever Cariad Interactive Somatopia Lab in Cardiff FabLab. Four teachers, two pupils and a technical demonstrator joined us for a rich mix of acting, moving, paper prototyping and storyboarding based on five Somatopia themes. Everyone set up their own Continue Reading ››
Lots of people have been emailing us to say the camera feature on Somantics for iPad has stopped working. The problem is with the IoS 8 upgrade. At the moment Somantics is not available on IoS 8, although we are working on this. The desktop version … Continue Reading ››
We are all thrilled that Somability has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Accolades. This week we met the judges, who had the opportunity to see Somability in action at the Gadlys Learning Curve Day Centre in Aberdare.
After many months of design and development with our friends at Rhondda Cynon Taf, Somability version one is now free for you to download. At this stage we are offering a Windows version which needs a Kinect camera.
Inspired by What the Body Does Not Remember, performed by Ultima Vez, we used some of the Raspberry Pi prototypes to try out themes of risk and relationships. The young dancers worked with Tamsin Griffiths and Cariad Interactive at the Sherman Theatre over three days to deliver a … Continue Reading ››
The our hard work in rehearsals and development paid off and everyone rose to the occasion. Each of the sequences - Call and response, Flow, Mirror and Space - enabled the performers to reach new levels of dynamic interaction. The Raspberry Pi delivered, thanks to James … Continue Reading ››
James has all the apps running well on the Raspberry Pi, so we were able to do a full rehearsal, linking the sequences together and making some of the moves more responsive and dynamic. Looking forward to the big night!
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Last Sunday we headed off to Arts Depot in Finchley for the first of our Clive workshops. We began our session with a percussive warm-up and revisited some of our favourite ReacTickles Magic Apps, Expand and Orbit. Everyone enjoyed seeing … Continue Reading ››
Beginning on 18th January, we are running workshops with Arts Depot. The workshops will be a pilot for developing our resources for Somatopia - and a test bed for inclusion by inviting adults with LDs to take part in weekly activities that culminate in them choreographing and presenting a … Continue Reading ››
This is an introduction to our new project, which is a partnership with Cariad Interactive, Raspberry Pi, Cardiff Metropolitan University and a number of schools and Arts Organisations, which will be described in regular blog posts.
The overarching aim of Somatopia is use the inherent accessibility of RaspberryPi as … Continue Reading ››
Keay-Bright, W. (2014) Towards Independence: Using motion sensing technologies to amplify the abilities of adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Recent Advances in Assistive Technology & Engineering, RAatE 2014
RAatE 2014 is the only UK conference focused on the latest innovations and developments in assistive technology (AT).
Last week I took part in the first Picademy Wales, thanks to Raspberry Pi, who are funding our new project Somatopia.
It was in at the deep end for me as I haven't touched any real programming since my experiments with … Continue Reading ››
A celebratory event was held on 11th November in the Wales Millennium Centre. The event constituted a brief introduction to the project, followed by a dance performance and “open mic”, where members of the audience could join in. The public stage was adapted … Continue Reading ››
On Friday we celebrated the end of a truly wonderful term of dance and improvised interaction with Somability. The True Colours Gadlys group, gracefully performed work in progress under the guidance of Zoe and Linzi. All the friends and family in … Continue Reading ››
Monday evening the Sherman Theatre opened its doors to friends and family for our end of term Showback. The Superhero narrative was written and performed by the members of the Inclusive Theatre group, expertly steered by Morgan, Jay and Cheryl. Somability provided the backdrop for the flying scenes, the super hero machine and the finale, … Continue Reading ››
Compelling Somability Dance performance from Rhonnda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence and Artis Community. True improvisation, demonstrating the joy of visceral engagement emerging through actions rather than plans. Kath's narrative put the experience into context as she described how the project has been transformative for service users, providing the key to new friendship and independence.
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Our presentation at DIWW, "Dancing with [co] Design", will focus on the potential of camera and projection technologies to extend the typical, sometimes limited, range of movements among people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) in their day service settings. We will describe our co-creation methods for Somability, and how we are … Continue Reading ››
Cariad Interactive presented work in progress at RE.WORK as part of London Technology Week. The question for participants was "how will emerging technologies and innovation impact the future of education?". Our presentation began with a quote from Fals Borda, (1995) "do not monopolise your knowledge nor impose arrogantly your … Continue Reading ››
The Sherman Theatre Creative Learning team invited us to stage some of the Somability and Somantics prototypes in the foyer to coincide with Easter holiday events for children and the Inclusive Theatre … Continue Reading ››
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Alex Jones, we set up Somantics on the iPad and desktop with a projector at the Danybryn Leonard Cheshire home. Somantics Sparkles worked well with wheelchairs moving closer and further away, and even limited facial actions brought the interface to life. We created some very dynamic … Continue Reading ››
This ideation phase of Enfys has focused gaining vital inspiration for interaction design, to ensure that it is developmentally appropriate and usable in the playgroup setting. The first visits to the Cylch Meithrin Playgroups provided vital contextual information and enabled us to get to know the playgroup leaders and peer-to-peer dynamic. … Continue Reading ››
D.J. Walker, W. Keay-Bright, D. Cobner (2012), Eds. A.J. Spink, F. Grieco, O.E. Krips, L.W.S. Loijens, L.P.J.J. Noldus, and P.H. Zimmerman. Autism and Somantics: Capturing Behaviour In The Wild, Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2012 (Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 28-31, 2012)
Keay-Bright, W. (2008) ‘The Reactive Colours project: Taking an Embodied Approach to ICT in Special Education’, journal paper in a Future of Creative Technologies special edition of the Journal of the Institute of Creative Technologies, Volume 1, ISSN 1757-7934, pp.18-21
Keay-Bright, W. (2011) Designing Interaction Though Sound and Movement with Children on the Autistic Spectrum, Proceedings title: Arts and Technology, Second International Conference, ArtsIT 2011, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (LNICST) Publisher: Springer
The short session delivered for Hirstwood Training covered how to use ReacTickles Magic and Somantics to experience sensations such as squash, stretch, push, pull, press, reach, tap, tickle and so on, where action and reaction are closely matched. Input data also included sound and movement, enabling users to capture, observe and create … Continue Reading ››
Bridgend Day Centre caters for the needs of people with learning disabilities, giving them access to education, training, and a range of creative and therapeutic activities. Following on from our work with the Touch Trust and Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence, we created a bespoke training programme for the Day Centre and set up a … Continue Reading ››
Cariad Interactive are delighted to be working with the Arts Council of Wales, Our Space scheme on an interactive arts project designed for, and with, preschool children. Our project is called Enfys (Rainbow) and the idea is to create a motivating interactive environment for children to explore the themes of colour though rhythmic movement … Continue Reading ››
Cariad Interactive are delighted to be collaborating with MUSE and musician, Doug Bott on the Listening Aloud project, funded by Youth Music and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Throughout the Listening Aloud we are conducting far reaching research and development into making music accessible for those who experience additional barriers to participation. As with our other projects, … Continue Reading ››