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Device Mimics Daydreaming With Images From The Internet

Device Mimics Daydreaming With Images From The Internet
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The Photostroller operates as a physical photo streaming device for the elderly.

Lisa Baldini
  • 1 october 2010

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The Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London, has created the Photostroller, a physical device that allows for images from the Internet to be gently scrolled through.

The Photostroller is an image slideshow device that allows you to drift through photographs from the internet. Much like daydreaming, the slideshow wanders through streams of images – some related and some more random.

Recognizing this activity as potentially therapeutic for elderly, the Goldsmiths team designed a handset that could be used by an older audience:

The team took a lot of care in designing the Photostroller for the appropriate level of interaction with the residents. A tuner was designed to enable the residents to tune the slideshow with a dial and slider designed for hands with limited mobility. A moment of wonder for us was seeing a 99 year old arthritic resident handling the controller with relative ease.

Interaction Research Studio

[via: Goldsmiths Design Blog]

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