Thursday, November 21, 2013

Project demo presentation: Feelink (goa team)

Team members: Rolands Tiss, Marta Vinaixa, Edwin Haverkamp, Marc Vila

We started with the topic “connecting cultures”. By looking for ways to communicate in a universal way we found 1 universal language: communication through inner feelings. With this premise we wanted to create a social solution to solve the lack of communication between people with communication problems. So we came up with Feelink and found out that persons with medical conditions could benefit the most from our project. So we did research about possible sensors and converters to detect inner feelings and ways to generate inner feelings.

The possible physical Feelink product could be a sticker, the sensor and converter. It could have different designs and because it's a sticker it could be placed on different parts of the body, depending on the patient needs (closer to the heart, on the neck, etc..)

Have a look at the 1 minute video for a brief explanation of the project and how it could be used with Alzheimers patients:

Links to important Feelink documents:

Concept evolution
Feelink - commandments
Flowchart and the problems -> solutions and considerations we encountered
Link to the Feelink video:
Learning and networking
European dimension
Future of the project:

The feedback statement to the team presented by René Lansink in the feedback discussion, last day plenary:

Project 6  GOA
In this project biometric data were used to detect the emotional condition of a person (a) which were then sent to another person (b) and translated by a wearable device called ‘FEELINK’ into auditive or tactile stimuli. So, person (b) is able to ‘feel’ the emotional condition of person (a).

The compact was illustrated by a very well chosen animated example of a grandmother suffering from ‘Alzheimer disease’. The application of FEELINK was also suggested for a whole range of other medical conditions. To prevent addiction a maximum time of 3 seconds ‘mood change’ was suggested. To overall presentation was clear, compact, to the point and finished with a nice cliffhanger: ‘Can’t wait to feel you’.

The whole concept of ‘feeling’ another person is interesting and stimulates the fantasy. As it is a rather personal and intimate use of technology other uses in the private domain might be considered in further development.

Summary of comments by other lecturers

It was a short, complex, very good pitch, with a fine structure, even with a terrible ending, and showed a nice animation prepared in only two days time! That was amazing for the audience.
Maybe some more examples would have been useful to understand the transmission of feelings. 
For a next step, the Alzheimer use of the product should be developed instead of trying to reach all mental diseases. It is an important project for society, and there is still a lot to think about. 
The lecturers agreed that the logo doesn't match the concept: it looks erotic. 
They are a team of four people that divided from a group of ten that was a smart decision due to the difficulties in reconciling the different opinions on the main subject they chose to work on: the feelings.

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