Technology is rebuilding the healthcare field. In the near future, sensors, applications, and various kinds of devices will track almost all our daily activities as well as our vital parameters in order to monitor our health and give us feedback and warnings about our status.
This was the topic of this year’s UX Conference, organized by Sketchin at the University of Lugano this last October 26th. The title of the conference was “The future of healthcare” and the huge event drew 150 participants from all over the world. They debated issues regarding UX design and how future technology can change our approach to healthcare.
Obviously Dreamboard was there, and it was a real pleasure to talk about mental health and psychological therapies with different researchers and experts in the industry.
One of the most interesting presentations was the one by Rita Paradiso, who spoke about the PSYCHE project and Wearable monitoring systems based on Smart Fibers and Interactive Textiles (SFIT), platforms that combine imperceptible sensing and computing functions with an interactive communication network.
The interaction of sensors that collect “objective data” and also tracking tools like Dreamboard that collecting thoughts, sensations or even entire dreams will design our future. We will wake up in the morning and know exactly how we slept during the night, why we feel refreshed or not, and during the day we can monitor our feelings about specific situations, events and people and also be able to understand if the physical activity we are engaged in is right for us.
Another remarkable presentation, again in the neuroscientific and psychological field, was that of Paolo Decaro. Paolo developed the “A on Mars” project as a student in order to help autistic children get in touch with their emotions and with the world around them. “A on Mars” is a system composed of three devices: a wearable screen, a camera and a doll that follows the child through everyday life, helping him to understand the facial expressions of the people with whom he or she interacts. This is a great example of design at the service of people with problems that weigh heavily on the quality of their life.
Obviously there were many other interesting interventions on different subjects in this field, and we limit ourselves here to mentioning the ones most related to Dreamboard and our aims and experience, but you can read more about all of them at http://www.uxcon.com/.
We are grateful to the UX Conference and Sketchin team for the chance to meet so many people working to improve the daily life of every one of us, without distinction, and we are now more determined than ever to continue innovating, searching and discovering more and more ways to help people feel better in their mind and body.
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