On 22nd August 2019 the symposium “Haptic Communication – Breaking the Barriers for Inclusion and Participation” took place at the Textile Fashion Centre in the University of Borås, Sweden. The symposium aimed at addressing the issue of deafblindness from a number or perspectives: personal experiences, policies, science and technology research and linguistics amongst others.
May 8-10, 2019
Harpo participated in SightCity Frankfurt . It is the biggest, annual exhibition for aids for the visually impaired. Together with many other manufacturers from all over the world, who present novelties and well-established products of their product range, Harpo promoted the developments of the SUITCEYES project. In 2019 135 exhibitors and about 3800 visitors were present at the fair.
SightCity International Exhibition stands for innovation and profound information concerning visual impairment. Over three days visitors had the opportunity to test various systems and products, inform each other about the latest medical findings and evaluate a large number of consulting and product offers. The specialized character of this exhibition gives visitors an opportunity for a personal contact with manufacturers, associations, consultants and doctors.
Inclusion and Exclusion in the Welfare Society
8-10 May 2019
In May 2019 Sarah Woodin from the University of Leeds attended the NNDR Conference in Copenhagen (http://www.nndr2019.org/ ) where she presented on aspects of the user studies work of the SUITCEYES project. NNDR is a multidisciplinary network and it is the major conference of disability researchers interested in cultural, societal and environmental dimensions of disability and marginalisation in this part of the world. Although the majority of those attending are from Nordic countries, this is a very international conference, with delegates present from many countries worldwide. The conference is held every two years, with a different country hosting each year.
SAVE THE DATE – UPCOMING EVENT IN AUGUST
Date: August 22, 2019
Time: 09:00-17.00 (tentative)
Venue: Vestindien C, Textile Fashion Centre, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden
How would you listen to the news, ask a shopkeeper about a product, know that your train has been cancelled, or find the keys that you have just dropped … if you could neither see nor hear?
We would like to warmly welcome you to this insightful symposium! For more information, click here.
The third 3-day consortium meeting of SUITCEYES was held on 15-17th of April 2019 in Thessaloniki, hosted by the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). During the first day of the meeting all project partners were warmly welcomed by Stratos Kontopoulos from CERTH and the progress in all Working Packages (WPs) was presented.
Subsequently, the project coordinator, Nasrine Olson and WP1 leader, Jan Nolin started with briefly summarizing what has happened since the last plenary meeting and gave an outlook on the aims for the next months. Ray Holt from University of Leeds (WP4) and Stratos Kontopoulos from CERTH (WP3) talked about technology-based perception of the environment and Nils-Krister Persson (WP5) from University of Borås demonstrated an updated version of the prototype which could be used for testing in the near future.
On March 11-15, 2019 Harpo participated in the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim, USA. We presented SUITCEYES on the project stand during the whole event and presented the paper Sensor technology, gamification, haptic interfaces in an assistive wearable submitted to the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities on March 14 (Session information).
On March 11-15, 2019 Harpo will participate in the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim, USA. Presenting the paper Sensor technology, gamification, haptic interfaces in an assistive wearable submitted to the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities will be a significant part of our activity during this Conference. Below one can find the details about our session:
Title: Sensor technology, gamification, haptic interfaces in an assistive wearable
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Elite 3
Online handouts that will be presented during this session are available here: Download PDF here
Network, learn and share …
At the turn from January to February 2019 the Board of Harpo (Jarek Urbanski and Ola Cebernik) attended the Assistive Technology Industry Association ATIA 2019 Orlando Conference and Exhibition. Practitioners and parents, teachers and researchers, manufacturers, and distributors -individuals and organizations who together reach more than 1 million people with disabilities – all come to the ATIA Conference to:
- Network with colleagues, customers, and the community,
- Learn about the latest trends, tools, and best practices,
- Share their insights to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Na Tak meetings are a series of international conferences organized by the Na Tak Association and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. From 2015, the strategic partner of the conference is Harpo. This edition of the International Conference “(Nie)zależność” (Eng. “(In)dependence”) was held on November 9-10, 2018 in Poznań, Poland.
On the first lecture day when speakers from Poland and abroad visited and where the issues of supporting the independence of people with different disabilities were discussed, a number of exhibitors also presented their products, technologies, and Harpo also the SUITCEYES project.
During the conference, the participants tried to answer questions about independence and what can I do to support the independence of my relatives, patients and other people with disabilities, how to recognize areas in which people we know can strengthen their independence, even if in some degree they will remain dependent on always, etc. Modern technologies have been explored, which are a better and better complement to the functioning of people with disabilities, allowing them to make autonomous decisions, make choices, communicate their needs and function in society.
There was the opportunity to hear four different lectures and participation in eight workshop blocks during the conference. In total, twenty-three outstanding lecturers, both from Poland and abroad, shared with the audience their knowledge, experience and working methods.