Comment from Clive: We need more transparency about the pros and cons of technologies

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Research tells us that most assistive technology equipment is abandoned, often within the first year. Products frequently fail to match consumer expectations for effectiveness, durability, comfort and ease of use.

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Comment from Clive: Voice recognition comes of age

clive-gilbertSince the dawn of mainstream personal computing in the 1980s, the mouse and keyboard have become such an integral part of our daily routines that it might seem hard to imagine how or why we would consider life without them. And yet, technologists are always seeking breakthroughs that will herald the next big thing to revolutionise our increasingly digitised world.

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A brief history of the Wizzybug Loan Scheme: Nina’s story

nina-evansNina Evans, Research Occupational Therapist at Designability, was part of the team that developed our Wizzybug wheelchair. Here, she looks back at how Designability worked to design a fun mobility device that could transform the lives of young disabled children.

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Turning ideas into products with real impact: a people-centred approach to design

Keir HainesKeir Haines, Senior Product Designer at Designability, oversees our new product development and is actively involved in our consultancy work, delivering people-centred design services to other companies. He is passionate about understanding ‘who’ you are designing for in order to design great products that people will enjoy using.

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Misconceptions about designing technology for dementia – it’s simple or it’s impossible!

dsc_0503-bw-reducedHazel Boyd, User Interface Engineer at Designability, specialises in designing technology with and for people with dementia. She wants to tackle some myths that are commonly assumed when designing for dementia.

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To truly understand, explore and experiment, you must create

In Review: KTN MaDE Lecture ‘in conversation’ with Sir Kenneth Grange and Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Jess Fox, IJess Foxndustrial Designer and Researcher at Designability, recently attended the KTN Annual MaDE Lecture at Imperial College, London. Here she shares details of the Q&A session with the world renowned Industrial/Product Designer Sir Kenneth Grange and offers her insights from the discussions.

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