Many hospitalized children are unable to physically play with other children because of their illnesses. They lack social interactions and play time. It can be difficult for parents, siblings, and friends to visit patients because of exposure and travel distance.
Blox Talk is a game device that allows people to come together socially, but not physically. Blox Talk uses modular blocks that are placed on an interactive board, and then digitalizes the form on the screen. From there children can play with the blocks on the screen and talk to others.Children can play various games with others such as cooperatively working together to build a city or simple puzzle games. Let’s bring more play time in patients’ rooms!
Humans make a lot of stuff. Consequently, they also throw away a lot of stuff. For ten weeks, we explored the life cycle of an object. We began to research the social and economic factors that contribute to object accumulation in young adults and it led us to Revive.
Revive is a digital platform that promotes neighborhood-based freecycling. Freecycling is the act of giving away usable unwanted items to others. The concept of freecycling is gaining popularity, but lacks refinement and designated platforms. Revive provides that platform, and takes the repurposing one step further by not only preventing objects from going to the landfill, but inspires users to part with static objects in their lives to help others.
We wanted to see how a CUI could provide a more accessible way to help anxiety, as a lot of people don’t understand what it’s like to have anxiety or have a panic attack and it can be hard to relate. Ada is a CUI that helps people prepare, overcome, and reflect on high stress situations using a calm and empathetic tone. Being multimodal, she can communicate in public and private spheres through text and voice. Incorporating elements of cognitive therapy and journaling, she helps people with different levels of anxiety cope and with external expression of emotions.
Currently 8.5 million US citizens are unemployed. We wanted to learn more about the contextual disability of unemployment. We learned that giving people skills is more valuable than placing them in jobs. We created elevate to give people the tools and resources they need to enter the workforce.
Elevate lives on a truck which is the platform for all of our services. Elevate offers workshops such as interview skills and resume building. Also, Elevate provides mentors that help with connections, support, and guidance. The elevate truck lives in a warehouse and it provides an address for job application. Elevate goes to different locations to meet the needs of different types of people, it’s a service that comes to you.