Lecturer: Frank Feltham

Tuesday 9.30 – 12.30 – On Campus (045.01.005A)
Thursday 9.30 – 12.30 – Online (V-Practical)

The personal tracking and display of human movement data is an area of research that aims to improve both self-care and rehabilitation in physiotherapy and other related health care practices. Research has shown that personal-tracking technologies, using real time data, will be a market worth 70 billion dollars by 2024. However, at issue is the way the data is analysed and presented so that it is meaningful for self-care and rehabilitation. In this studio, students will use design to explore the means of representing data to support movement rehabilitation on a personal device (smartphone), in aesthetically engaging ways.

This studio seeks to offer visual interfaces for the emerging personal informatics and assistive health market-place of the near future. It is part of a larger research project that is a collaboration between Dr Toh Yen Pang, Biomedical Engineering, RMIT and Dr. Frank Feltham, Industrial Design. 

As part of this collaboration students will visit the Biomechanics Lab at RMIT Bundoora and take part in a tutorial on movement rehabilitation with health care specialists in this Lab. Students will then work in groups on a selected movement rehabilitation activity as a case study generate data to guide the design of visual interface concepts. Activities to support this design work will include tutorials on motion capture, data management and visualisation in Max MSP. Design guidance will be provided to help generate the visual interface concepts. This studio will be a combination of face to face delivery on campus and online tutorials to enable these learning activities. Motion tracking technologies will be provided. Students will be expected to bring a laptop to the on campus activities and to download Max MSP for use during the data management and visualisation phases.

The final outcome for the studio will be a visual interface created in Adobe Illustrator and/or XD. These interfaces will be demonstrated and exhibited through a short video created in Adobe Premiere Pro or Premiere Rush. The design process as sketches, diagrams, scenarios, code prototypes, data visualisations, UI wireframes and video mock-ups will be documented in a design project report.