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City’s HCID researchers trial new digital technologies for people with aphasia with workshop series.

The technologies, developed on the EPSRC-funded INCA project, enable users to create and curate multimedia digital content.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

neatothumbResearchers in the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID) have recently trialled new digital technologies for people with aphasia in a series of community workshops.

The technologies, developed on the EPSRC-funded Inclusive Digital Content for People with Aphasia (INCA) project, enable users to create and curate multimedia digital content.

They include MakeWrite, an iPad app for creative writing, and CreaTable, a tangible tabletop system.

neatoupdatedthumbThe INCA project is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Aphasia is a language impairment, caused by brain damage, most frequently caused by a stroke. Aphasia is common and is a devastating condition, affecting people’s fundamental ability to communicate.

The workshops were run in collaboration with project partners Dyscover and the Stroke Association and have delivering beautiful creative outputs.

The INCA project, research paper, 'CreaTableContent and Tangible Interaction in Aphasia' won a best paper honourable mention at the now-cancelled Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, originally scheduled for April 2020.

To view a brief video on CreaTable, please visit this weblink.

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