In January 2012 Proboscis was commissioned as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Visualise programme to collaborate with Philips R&D UK, based in Cambridge Science Park. Over 6 months we exchanged ideas and iterated prototypes that addressed issues of personal motivation, continuity and relevance in the use of health monitoring technologies for wellbeing and positive behavioural change in people and communities.
Responding to an initial invitation from Philips to think about personal fitness technologies and how people interact with them, the focus of the collaboration evolved to explore how we may find meaning in the data they generate from our behaviours, and how this might connect to the burgeoning social and personal agenda for wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.
Through a collaborative discovery process we re-framed personal health related information in the form of playful tangible artefacts – Lifecharms. These objects have been presented to explore how such data can be re-interpreted to open up different ways of engaging with health issues and to stimulate new discussions on the use personal health data in lifestyle contexts.
Team : Giles Lane & Stefan Kueppers (Proboscis); David Walker & Steffen Reymann (Philips); Dipak Mistry (A&B); Andy Robinson (Futurecity/ARU).