Design Engineering
Showcase 2021

Oona

Tags
Wellbeing

Project Details

Course
Innovation Design Engineering
Theme
Inclusive interaction

Oona is an assistive user interface that works holistically between your devices in order to pace your interactions and seamlessly introduce behaviour change, to allow you to develop better digital habits and regain control of your mind.

Oona has a 2 part structure: a monitor of the user’s cognition overload or ‘Brain RAM’ representation and an automatization of display characteristics aiming to accommodate the user, or ‘Mind Ergonomics. Data is received from interaction, and assistance and learning is delivered in-situ. The aim is to help the user navigate their digital environment feeling more in control, and to learn good digital habits during usage.

Intent

Devices have permeated every aspect of our lives: from work to leisure, everything is perceived through the lens (or the display) of a screen. So much that we can consider them to be an extension of ourselves. If a tool (the hardware) is an extension of our body, then the software is an extension of our mind - and this intangible transhumanism becomes tangible at the point of interaction.

Our interaction with devices says a lot about ourselves: our personality, patterns, preferences… can be inferred from data, and could potentially bring insight to our thought processes. However, interaction with devices is affecting our brain and our behaviour, both structurally and in terms of cognition.

What if your computer could adapt to your cognition pace? What if you could establish a more fluid, quasi-symbiotic relationship with your devices through an interface that helps you take control of your interactions?

These questions led to Oona.

Oona is a response to the lack of ethics in the design of technologies, that leverages the use of interaction data for good, and acknowledges our joint future, in order to set the basis for the design of a human-friendly digital environment.

Oona advocates for technology that adapts to us, rather than the opposite, so that we don’t become the tool.