Press Kit

// Description

Trollskogen is a communicative framework designed to enhance communication among people with cognitive disabilities. The forest is split up into interactive modules that provide a fun and engaging learning environment while helping improve on certain aspects of speech, reading/writing and symbol based languages. This framework has been deployed on a custom multi-touch table prototype built at the Interactive institute Umeå, enabling the children to interact with their fingers in a more natural, intuitive way rather than a traditional keyboard/mouse setup.

// Inspiration

How can we use interaction methods combined with technology to improve communication amongst children with special needs? Kids have a holistic approach to their everyday situation. Can we translate their way of thinking into a digital environment while giving them tools to focus on the things that are important for developing their communication skills? Can we author interaction that is as intuitive as possible, with a focus on self-empowerment in a playful environment?

// Method

In a user centered approach, I visited numerous locations and interviewed experts in various disciplines that are involved in cognitive technologies and care giving. My methods were to observe kids in their classroom environment and try and identify possible opportunities for a design solution that could help them improve their communication skills. After creating several prototypes I conducted user trials to test my theories and inform decisions on possible improvements.

// Final Design

My research led me to prototype a framework that uses a modular approach to the problem. By embedding communication modules in a familiar environment (in this case a forest setting), I coupled animation and sound with interactivity to let the user explore the interface and express themselves.

Trollskogen is targeted at children with Down syndrome, autism, and similar diagnoses, in the age range of 5-8 with a lower cognitive level.

Hi Res images for print

The Pheonix Multitouch Table

The Pheonix Multitouch Table

testing the finger paint application

testing the finger paint application

the paint application

the paint application


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