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With this post we officially celebrate the halfway point of our MHCI experience — crazy isn’t it! The past few weeks have been reflective. As a team, we have been mapping out what we have accomplished thus far, taking critique and feedback to tweak our project trajectory since our spring presentation, and thinking about how the trying times with increasing unemployment make our project even more relevant then when we started off in January.

As we continue into our next phase of research and design, something that continues to guide our team is finding the delicate balance between accomplishing user goals and client goals. How do we continue aiding as many humans as we can in having their basic needs met while working with an emerging technology solution — something that our client can continue to use in their future business model? …

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Designed by: Mohona Sengupta, Michelle Rose Cedeno, Kailyn Fang, Simran Jobanputra

Our team was really interested in AI + fashion and bounced around several ideas, ranging from writing a mini-book on fashion trends to creating a product that reinforces body inclusive thinking in relation to AI. Ultimately, we decided a fashion line would accomplish our goal of showing our thoughts and opinions on AI, using fashion as our medium. We’ve built four unique lines for our show, liberate.

What does LIberAte stand for?

There’s no denying that the technology world is obsessed with fashion. Amazon, Apple and Google, three of the biggest names in tech, are all trying to carve their own path into the fashion space. Apple’s doing so with fancy smartwatches; Amazon with a shopping platform and voice-controlled cameras; and Google with conductive fabrics embedded in a smart jacket made by Levi’s. …

Building pressure sensing tiles to help the visually impaired better navigate spaces. This project was part of my research for the Accessibility Lab @ Carnegie Mellon.

Current Stage

Our approach to solving this problem is by using tactile surfaces or textured ground surfaces that one can sense through touch or by walking on them, perhaps in combination with some bluetooth/audio tool.

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Having some fun learning old-school vacuum forming techniques! Pictured: Elena Deng (B Design) and me

user research

Currently, we have built a basic working prototype and are looking to test it with blind users through:

01 an informal Twitter survey
02 a formal co-design session on tile patterns and uses

The survey has received IRB approval and is now in the process of being sent out on Twitter. …


Simran Jobanputra

HCI @ Carnegie Mellon — business + design

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