Video: Aladin at iMinds the Conference ’13

Posted by Jonathan Huyghe on Wednesday February 12th 2014 at 14:59

On december 5, 2013, Mobilab and CUO | Social Spaces presented a demo of the ALADIN project at iMinds the Conference, showing off the vocal interface for domotics in both standard Dutch and West-Flemish. iMinds The Conference is a yearly conference bringing together the best and brightest in academia, policy making, business and venture capital in Belgium, with keynote speeches from thought leaders and breakout sessions on collaborative research and entrepreneurship. This year’s theme was “digital innovation in Europe”, and besides presentations there were over 40 demos from fields such as smart cities, media, future internet, or health.

Our demo was the first public demonstration of the ALADIN vocal interface engine in action, making use of the 3D environment used in our user tests, a playstation controller for movement and as a start/stop button for speech commands, the companion iPad application and a home automation box with three connected lamps.

Because the online learning is not yet operation-ready, we trained the system beforehand, repeating each command 6 times (3 times in a noisy environment, 3 times in a quiet environment) using a close talk microphone, which was also used during the conference. During the set-up and plenary meetings at the conference, when things were relatively quiet, we achieved an almost perfect accuracy in recognition, but more surprisingly, the system managed to maintain a high accuracy (80%) during the noisy break periods. Only during the live performance of a pumkin orchestra on the demo floor did the accuracy drop below 50%.

If you missed the conference, you can find a video of our demo on top.

Demos of AToM and ALADIN at iMinds The Conference

Posted by Karin Slegers on Friday November 29th 2013 at 17:49

At the annual conference of iMinds, iMinds The Conference, the results of two of our health-related projects will be demonstrated.

AToMThe demo of the AToM project consists of a smartphone app and a tablet app for dementia caregivers. These apps give caregivers access to dynamic meal information (e.g. diets, medication, need for assistance, but also personal preferences and recommendations) and to evaluate the meal experience, generating feedback for future meals.

ALADINThe ALADIN demo is a 3D, interactive home environment that is operated with an assistive voice control system. It shows how people with physical disabilities can use speech to open doors and window blinds, or rely on a customized touch screen interface that offers maximal efficiency and ease-of-use.

In total, more than 40 demos will be showcased and the conference program includes several interesting international speakers. Please check out the full program at the conference’s website, where you can also register to attend.

Participation is Risky at the ‘How Do You Do’ event

Posted by Selina Schepers on Thursday November 1st 2012 at 14:14

avatar2012b On November 8, 2012, Liesbeth will present (parts of) the project ‘Participation is Risky’ at the ‘How Do You Do’ event in Gent.

‘How Do You Do’ is an international event where more than 40 ‘digital heroes’ and (young) innovators exchange ideas and practices in an informal get-together. ‘How Do You Do’ will feature 10 round tables hosting 60 talks, focusing on current themes like transmedia, gaming, film, art, business development, creative coding and more.

In her first session Liesbeth starts from a theoretical angle to approach the provocative statement that participation is risky. She explains on how makers of participatory projects can include the uncertainties and risks they encounter in their projects in a deliberate way. In her second session, she elaborates on the datavisualisation session given by Conditional Design offering a toolkit in an answer to the ‘How do you do’ question concerning participatory creation.

For more information, see: or pay Liesbeth a visit in Gent on 8 November.

Creating Spaces & Future Formers @ e-culture fair 2011!

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday October 17th 2011 at 11:33

Two of our projects namely Creating Spaces and Future Formers are selected for the e-culture fair 2011. This fair aims to showcase a diverse selection of Flemish e-culture projects concerning digital heritage, user participation, gamification, edutainment, the internet-of-things, open source collaboration and innovation etc.

The event will be held at the Ethias arena in Hasselt, on wednesday 16 and thursday 17 november. The e-culture fair aims at everyone who is curious about the digital culture of today and tomorrow. It is a unique chance to discover en try out projects, and to meet developers, project managers and designers. So if you would like to explore our multi-touch table or view some artworks resulting from the Future Formers project, come and visit us at the fair!

Creating Spaces @ PIT, June 5

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday May 30th 2011 at 11:46

The first prototype of our new multi-touchsystem will be shown this Sunday at the opening of ‘PIT’ which is the first exhibition of Z-OUT (Z33) in Borgloon. This event will take place at the Stroopfabriek where a large 42 inch LCD multi-touchtable is placed to experiment with. This table will only be present at the opening but, during the exhibition, there will be a 23 inch multi-touchscreen for quick consulting at the touristoffice and  the ‘old’ multi-touchtable will be present in the library of Borgloon for more in-depth exploring. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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