7:TH SENSE - APPLE DESIGN PROJECT 95 BRIEF

Introduction

As a part of the Apple Design Project 1995 we have decided to design an system to aid blind and visually impaired people to navigate more freely using modern computer technology. We have choosen to call this system the 7:th since its meant to in some extent compensate for the deficiency in their visual sense. The theme for this years Apple Design Project is integration of physical and electronic worlds. We are doing this integration by using existing technologies to guide are doing this integration by using existing technologies to guide blind people in the realm of the physic world. We have learnt that what blind people lacks the most when they becom blind i being able to navigate freely. Our aim has been to help blind people overcome that loss of independence by providing them with a system that can regain them some freedom lost. Our main goal has been to give blind and visually impaired people better mobility.

Design process

The team that developed the 7:th Sense is an interdisciplinary group consisting of behavioral scientists, computer scientists (specialised blind people in the realm of the physic world. We have learnt that what blind people lacks the most when they becom blind i being able to navigate freely. Our aim has been to help blind people overcome that loss of independence by providing them with a system that can regain them some freedom lost. Our main goal has been to give blind and visually impaired people better mobility.

Design process

The team that developed the 7:th Sense is an interdisciplinary group consisting of behavioral scientists, computer scientists (specialised in several fileds as HCI, large system design). During the design phase we have kept contact with several presumptive users and with several institutes in Sweden. Our presumptive user group have been interviewed and helped us in evalueting the designand function of the product. Weve gone through three iterations of design. The first iteraton we gathered information about the needs of blind using litterature. We then came up with an design that we used as basis for the interview phase that emerged to our second design of the system. The second design was tested and evaluated by our user group. The material of the evaluation and user tests combined with further interviews with our user group helped us to come up with the third and final design which we also evaluated and user tested in an orderly manner.

Contact

Michel Andre <d91-mad@nada.kth.se>