These look like a well executed and refined way to introduce children to computational literacy and not just be stuck behind a screen
Interesting new micro-processor with wireless OSC inbuilt
x-OSC is a wireless I/O board that provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable firmware and no software or drivers to install making x-OSC immediately compatible with any WiFi-enabled platform. All internal settings can be adjusted using any web browser.
16× analogue/digital inputs
16× digital/PWM outputs (up to 50 mA per channel)
13-bit ADC with 400 Hz update rate per channel
Up to 16-bit PWM resolution for 5 Hz to 250 kHz
4× serial communication channels
Gyroscope (±2000°/s), accelerometer (±16 g) and magnetometer
400 Hz update rate
High-performance WiFi (802.11b/g, 54 Mbps)
Supports ad-hoc and infrastructure networks
Fully configurable by web browser
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab Dept. and the Australian Network for Art and Technology invite you to a showcase of current research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead using interactive art and design in health care and rehabilitation settings, exploring the potential of interactive media to engage and inspire children and young people on Thursday 15th December 2011, 5pm-7pm at The Children’s Hospital at WestmeadSpecial guests Vicki Sowry from ANAT and Helen Zigmond from the Arts & Health Foundation, Australia and presentations by:
Dr George Khut (Resident Artist) and Dr Angie Morrow (Kids Rehab): The BrightHearts Project. Using biofeedback relaxation training and interactive art to reduce stress and anxiety experienced by children undergoing painful, recurrent clinical procedures.
Samantha Ewart (UWS) and Assoc. Prof. Garth Paine (UWS): Interactive Music for Distraction. A research project at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Dept. of Adolescent Medicine.
Dr Andrew Johnston (UTS) and Dr Dharani Perera-Schulz (Monash): Touching Dialogue. A voice responsive interactive art interface for speech therapy
Michelle Pickrell (UTS) and Assoc. Prof Bert Bongers (UTS): Re-Ability Sleeve. A modular wearable interface for improving and enhancing the rehabilitation experience with multimedia technologies.
This event will provide an opportunity to explore funding and research opportunities for the development of interactive arts and design in health, and coincides with an exhibition of interactive prototypes on exhibition in the Galleria Space at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, being evaluated as part of the BrightHearts design research project
These are super cool for small, wearable digital art projects