Faculty: Medardo Chiapponi
Duration of Project: One Semester plus Thesis
This project is connected to the activities of a research unit in medical design, located inside the Venice hospital. It involves private business firms and research centers giving students first-hand information about the most pressing problems, in order to devise experimental, innovative solutions and to test them under real conditions. The projects presented here deal with different topics in the field of medical information design. One concerns the orientation and information systems within hospital structures, a second concerns the communicative interface of medical products and equipment. Another important subject relates to the distribution and intake of drugs in hospitals and at home. The significance of the communicative aspects in all these cases is heightened by the widespread diffusion of digital technologies and by the changing cultural profile of the users of such information systems.
The project brief expresses the needs of the different users of information systems as based on previous contacts with various experts and medical institutions. But each student must develop supplementary broad spectrum analyses and interviews, to more thoroughly investigate their topic and to create innovative and unconventional design proposals.
The project explores different ways to solve relevant social and personal problems by offering the right information at the right time to people needing and providing medical care.
Many of these projects, such as orientation systems for hospitals, electronic clinical records, and vocal and tactile tools for blind people using dispensers, are on the road to being realized.
It's important for vending machines to be accessible to everyone, so they don't create new social barriers. This project analyzes the automatic distribution theme, from food distributors to ticket machines, aiming to increase the use of this technology to make it easily accessible to people with impaired vision. The idea developed in this project is to update existing machines with a new technological device: MyKey, a remote control that communicates with the vending machines using Bluetooth technology. MyKey will tell blind people which kind of vending machines or distributors are they in front of and what services and possibilities each of them offers. Using the remote control and its pad, they will be able to select its functions. During this operation, the person receives audio and physical feedback. For example, a short acoustical sound or a light vibration will help the user identify their choice.