Ash at CIID

Ashwin Rajan's blog while at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

Designing from the frontlines

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We are currently exploring wearable computing solutions for firefighters in the line of duty. Navigation and orientation in extremely difficult environments (often on fire) with very low visibility is a huge challenge faced by firefighters everyday, and a key design challenge. Lots of interesting work happening in this area.
Still at the desktop and field research stage, here’s a great story I found today while browsing the net – the story of a firefighter who turned designer after being trapped himself in what turned out to be the perfect research situation. The page also has a good example of a very simple but effective video prototype (they could have shown more of the details of the actual device to make it even better IMO).


Written by Ashwin Rajan

January 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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