The first ever digital tool to enable people with autism to connect to their social network when they feel stressed has been invented by researchers. It is estimated that around 500,000 people in the UK have autism, with a third of adults with the condition experiencing social and mental health problems due to a lack of support.
Catalyst Research Seminar Interdisciplinary Research for Innovation: Myths, Facts and Case Studies 3/07/2013 - 9:00 to 2:15 Lancaster University Management School, Lecture Theatre 2.
Myth! Interdisciplinary research is inherently ‘good’. Good for whom? The ‘community’, businesses, the researchers themselves? Good for what? Incremental, radical, disruptive, mundane: what kind of innovation?
Join us as we launch LIFEMIRROR a new digital cinema project for our local and wider community to create, watch and discuss films made collectively with mobile phones.
Firstly we invite you to download our new app and participate from Sun 12 May. Every day use the LIFE MIRROR app, suggest new film ideas, vote on which films get made, and contribute your own 1-4 second clip to the film of the day.
Catalyst is going to support two new Launchpads; Lifemirror, led by Oliver Case, a Highwire research student at Lancaster, and Open Energy, led by Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op, Manchester. They were chosen from six applications submitted in a round that closed on 12th December 2012 – all the applications were of high quality and the selection panel are encouraging those not supported this time to re-apply in future rounds.
#Pat contains a Raspberry Pi, powered from a USB hub which also connects it via USB to serial converters to a RFID reader and a thermal printer. Code written in Python loops waiting for an RFID chip to be found, when one is found it checks the email server for the latest message and then prints it via the thermal printer. With some further work the hardware and software could be refined (for example using GPIO instead of the USB->Serial converters), but as a rapidly prototyped proof of concept it works well.