Subtle Technology

Design Changes Design 2013
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

A ringing telephone, your computer screen – they are designed to claim your full attention. Saskia Bakker designed the operable lights called FireFlies in the context of her research into less intrusive, or “ambient”, technology. The lights have been tested in primary schools. The teacher can control them per child or for the whole group.
For example, while helping one child, the teacher can give a light signal to another child who has raised his or her finger, indicating that he will come over soon. Or the teacher can warn or praise a child while the class is quietly at work.
In her work Bakker uses psychological theories of attention. “I think designers should really consider how much attention their designs claim from the users.”

http://vimeo.com/52218544

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology
Salto-basisschool Reigerlaan
PC Basisschool De Sonnewijzer

People

Dr. ir. Saskia Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, design-researcher;
Dr. Elise van den Hoven, University of Technology Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology, daily supervisor;
Prof. dr. ir. Berry Eggen, Eindhoven University of Technology, promotor

Contact and Information

Saskia Bakker
s.bakker [at] tue . nl
www.saskiabakker.com

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A ringing telephone, your computer screen – they are designed to claim your full attention. Saskia Bakker designed the operable lights called FireFlies in the context of her research into less intrusive, or “ambient”, technology. The lights have been tested in primary schools. The teacher can control them per child or for the whole group.
For example, while helping one child, the teacher can give a light signal to another child who has raised his or her finger, indicating that he will come over soon. Or the teacher can warn or praise a child while the class is quietly at work.
In her work Bakker uses psychological theories of attention. “I think designers should really consider how much attention their designs claim from the users.”

http://vimeo.com/52218544

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology
Salto-basisschool Reigerlaan
PC Basisschool De Sonnewijzer

People

Dr. ir. Saskia Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, design-researcher;
Dr. Elise van den Hoven, University of Technology Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology, daily supervisor;
Prof. dr. ir. Berry Eggen, Eindhoven University of Technology, promotor

Contact and Information

Saskia Bakker
s.bakker [at] tue . nl
www.saskiabakker.com

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Subtle Technology

A ringing telephone, your computer screen – they are designed to claim your full attention. Saskia Bakker designed the operable lights called FireFlies in the context of her research into less intrusive, or “ambient”, technology. The lights have been tested in primary schools. The teacher can control them per child or for the whole group.
For example, while helping one child, the teacher can give a light signal to another child who has raised his or her finger, indicating that he will come over soon. Or the teacher can warn or praise a child while the class is quietly at work.
In her work Bakker uses psychological theories of attention. “I think designers should really consider how much attention their designs claim from the users.”

http://vimeo.com/52218544

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology
Salto-basisschool Reigerlaan
PC Basisschool De Sonnewijzer

People

Dr. ir. Saskia Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, design-researcher;
Dr. Elise van den Hoven, University of Technology Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology, daily supervisor;
Prof. dr. ir. Berry Eggen, Eindhoven University of Technology, promotor

Contact and Information

Saskia Bakker
s.bakker [at] tue . nl
www.saskiabakker.com

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A ringing telephone, your computer screen – they are designed to claim your full attention. Saskia Bakker designed the operable lights called FireFlies in the context of her research into less intrusive, or “ambient”, technology. The lights have been tested in primary schools. The teacher can control them per child or for the whole group.
For example, while helping one child, the teacher can give a light signal to another child who has raised his or her finger, indicating that he will come over soon. Or the teacher can warn or praise a child while the class is quietly at work.
In her work Bakker uses psychological theories of attention. “I think designers should really consider how much attention their designs claim from the users.”

http://vimeo.com/52218544

Partners

Eindhoven University of Technology
Salto-basisschool Reigerlaan
PC Basisschool De Sonnewijzer

People

Dr. ir. Saskia Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, design-researcher;
Dr. Elise van den Hoven, University of Technology Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology, daily supervisor;
Prof. dr. ir. Berry Eggen, Eindhoven University of Technology, promotor

Contact and Information

Saskia Bakker
s.bakker [at] tue . nl
www.saskiabakker.com

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