Anouk Wipprecht on technology and fashion
February 14 was the joint kick off the minors Fashion Theories and Intelligent Environments at HvA. Intelligent Environments offers a program in the field of design, engineering and research. Fashion Theories offers a program in the field of Fashion & the Body, Theories of Fashion Culture and Identity and Marketing Theories. During the program, students investigated whether a connection exists between fashion and movement and whether the relationship between fashion and technology can be found.
Monday Feb 3, 2000 students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Science participated in the ‘Students in motion‘ week. Students carry out assignments for the city of Amsterdam. One of the assignments is exercising with the SIM SENSEI City Runner app.
The SIM SENSEI City Runner app encourages running in the city and also contributes to the scientific research of the HvA. People who turn on the City Runner app, generate motion data which is used to determine how people are running and how they feel about it.
The City Runner app is developed especially for SIM by the COMMIT project SENSEI, Amsterdam Creative Industries Centre of Expertise project Sense in the City and the CitySDK project which are three projects of the research group Digital Life.
A delegation of the Dutch MMI plaform visited the HvA Amsterdam University of Applied Science. We had an workshop on MMI aspects of aircrafts and airports and students of Medialab and Digital Life Centre demonstrated their projects.
The try out of the Maker Festival Amsterdam took place Fri/Sat 6 and 7 sept. Also the opening of iFabrica, where entrepreneurs, students, hobbyists can use the infrastructure to create and make things.
Today the 34 students from the minor program ‘Intelligent Environments’ displayed their work at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The half-year educational program focuses on technology for ambient intelligence, interaction design and research methods. Furthermore students carry out an applied research project for a company. This year we had 11 companies, among which VANturelabs (face recognition software for interactive displays), Info.nl (digital experiences connected to objects), AMSTA (an interactive video wall for people with dementia in a nursing home), and many more. See for a full list digitallifecentre.nl
Mock up of Dam square for a user study of a design by UNStudio
Wouter Meys as coordinator presenting the events
Just before the consortium meeting of the EU FP7-ICT project ‘ACCOMPANY’ the Care-o-Bot robot was delivered to Hogeschool Zuyd. There a new set of user studied will be carried out and the cameras and sensors will be tested in an Ambient Assisted Living setting.
Project coordinator Farshid Amirabdollahian and the Care-o-Bot in HZ premises
Monday March 11 we met for the kick-off of the Care 4 Balance project. In this AAL project, coordinated by iMinds Belgium we cooperate within a European consortium on a system that supports informal carers to give assistance to elderly, and to cooperate with formal carers in this. We will design an innovative and reciprocal service design based on dashboard systems representing the status & context of the actors involved.
kick-off Care 4 Balance at HvA in Amsterdam