Aedo

FINAL DESIGN STUDIO
2020/21

THEMES
Design Sprint approach, Inclusivity, Interaction Design, Prototyping, Experience Design

TEAM
Alex Landra, Federica Aulenta, Pietro Lezzani, Kilian Re, Chiara Resnati, Ennio Sorrentino

Aedo is an interactive and responsive surface placed in museums and cultural places that enhances artistic experiences by giving to users tactile sensations – heating and simulated friction – according to an existing art piece.
Thought for blind people with the support of a dedicated audio guide, it can be used by any kind of user in different contexts.

A WAY TO ENHANCE ART
Aedo is a system that can be found in cultural places. The first element is a capacitive surface that provides a tactile experience then we have an audio guide that provides the knowledge and guides the user in the process. The surface aims to provide a way to the user to build her own impression of the art piece. This is possible thanks to two features: the first one is to simulate the impression of a physical texture, and the second one is to deliver temperature variations, reproducing visual impressions.

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THE SURFACE
Aedo has two configurations according to the contexts and necessities: the first is on a steel stand placed on the floor, while the second one is fixed with a wall mount near the art piece.
The sensations are dictated by a semantic segmentation able to recognize and separate different areas in the art piece. Once separated, a different haptic feedback will be associated with each area according to its characteristics. The same goes for the temperature variation. The surface will warm up or cool down depending on the nature of the subject, on the brightness or on the hue of the colours.

THE AUDIO GUIDE APP
Both the app and the surface allows different interactions: at first the users will be asked to choose the exhibition on the app, once they turn on the bluetooth, they will get to the screen where they will find the same inputs that can be found on the surface: pause and play, restart, instructions and speed up the audio guide. The app is designed with an inclusive visual approach also for other types of visual impairments, with a focus on the use of contrast between colors, for example.

Try here the audio guide app

HISTORICAL BUILDINGS
It can work with stained-glass windows, frescos and mosaics

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS
It can work with stained-glass windows, frescos and mosaics

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
It can work with stained-glass windows, frescos and mosaics

HOW DO WE SEE THE FUTURE
We imagine a future where Aedo can enter the daily life of blind people, being a tool to relive their favourite memories, like photos do for us, since its technology easily allows to reproduce any kind of image. Also, Aedo is not only an art translator, it’s a new art language, so we imagine a world where art is accessible as soon as it gets created, by programming it directly on the surface.

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