Chi [kai] here I come

In April Ill go to Montreal to present my latest research paper “Presenting The Accessory Approach: A Start-up’s Journey Towards Designing An Engaging Fall Detection Device” at the CHI2018 conference – The long titel should explain in itself what the paper is about…

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. We are a multicultural community from highly diverse backgrounds who together investigate new and creative ways for people to interact.

Filled with both anger and excitement, Ill present my research to a Human-Computer Interaction community – which has tradition for being a very hard crowd to access and be part of. In this community, design is not that old as topic, nevertheless I was so lucky to be selected to come and present my research of design processes for future wearable medical devices, and what I have been working with since 2015.

In the beginning of 2016 I had a very interesting meeting with a founder of a startup company and their struggle in implementing design thinking to increase investors attention to get more funding. Therefore they hired two jewellery design interns, and this was how I got the chance to ask the students to test my accessory design approach, to see if it made any relevance to their development of a fall detection device to be worn at all times by care home residents.

Luckily, I got so much information back from the students, that I started to analyse and do research on the case. The conference will take place from the 21st of April until the 26th. And I am going to present the insights I found!

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