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The Makeability Lab is a research lablet within the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)—one of the oldest and most well-known HCI labs in the world—at the University of Maryland. Founded in 2012 by Dr. Jon Froehlich and students, the Makeability Lab focuses on designing and studying novel interactive experiences that cross between bits and atoms—the virtual and the physical—and back again to confront some of the world's greatest challenges in environmental sustainability, health and wellness, education, and universal accessibility.

Recent News

There is a nice writeup on Lee Stearns PhD dissertation topic, HandSight, in Terp Magazine this month (link). The article is entitled A New Way With Words and describes our work in enabling blind or severely low vision people read printed text with a wearable finger-worn camera and co-located haptics.

The Makeability Lab had five full papers at CHI2017, including MakerWear which received a best paper award and is the first longform paper on my NSF CAREER work.

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children by Majeed Kazemitabaar, Jason McPeak, Alexander Jiao, Liang He, Thomas Outing, Jon E. Froehlich

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study by Matthew L Mauriello, Manaswi Saha, Erica Brown, & Jon E. Froehlich

Live Physiological Sensing and Visualization Ecosystems: An Activity Theory Analysis by Tamara Clegg, Leyla Norooz, Seokbin Kang, Virginia Byrne, Monica Katzen, Angelisa Plane, Vanessa Oguamanam, Thomas Outing, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Jason Yip, Jon E. Froehlich

Comparing Touchscreen and Mouse Input Performance by People With and Without Upper Body Motor Impairments by Leah Findlater, Karyn Moffatt, Jon E. Froehlich, Meethu Malu, Joan Zhang

Differences in Crowdsourced vs. Lab-Based Mobile and Desktop Input Performance Data by Leah Findlater, Joan Zhang, Jon E. Froehlich, Karyn Moffatt

Congratulations to Matt Mauriello who was just selected as an All-S.T.A.R Fellow for his work on scalable thermography--one of sixteen across the entire Graduate School at UMD. The Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. Read more about the award here.

Project Sidewalk is featured in "8 Principles of Sidewalks"--a report by WRI Brasil that will launch next Tuesday (April 25) during a national event for mayors in Brazil.

Our research group is investigating new methods and tools for urban accessibility data collection and analysis. For Summer 2017, we are looking for talented, creative, and self-motivated undergrad research assistants with strong programming skills, technical background and an interest in urban accessibility to work on novel tools and applications for people with mobility impairments.

If you're interested, please follow the instructions here.

Recent Videos

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

A video supplement to our CHI 2017 paper "MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children"

SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses

A video supplement to our TEI 2017 paper "SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses"

Recent Publications

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study

Matthew L Mauriello  Manaswi Saha  Erica Brown  Jon E. Froehlich 

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

Majeed Kazemitabaar  Jason McPeak  Alex Jiao  Liang He  Thomas Outing  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of CHI 2017

SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses

Liang He  Gierad Laput  Eric Brockmeyer  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of TEI'17

Recent Talks

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study

Matthew L Mauriello

May 9, 2017 Denver, Colorado, USA

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

Majeed Kazemitabaar

March 7, 2017 University of California, Berkeley

Project Sidewalk: Characterizing Physical World Accessibility At Scale

Manaswi Saha

Feb. 8, 2017 Arlington, Virginia

Interactive Computational Tools for Accessibility

Meethu Malu Ladan Najafizadeh Uran Oh Manaswi Saha Lee Stearns

Nov. 7, 2016 College Park, Maryland

Characterizing Physical World Accessibility at Scale

Kotaro Hara

Nov. 3, 2016 Austin, Texas

Tech+Design: Interaction Design for a Purpose

Soheil Behnezhad Liang He Majeed Kazemitabaar Manaswi Saha

Nov. 3, 2016 University of Maryland, College Park

Evaluating Haptic and Auditory Guidance to Assist Blind People in Reading Printed Text Using Finger-Mounted Cameras

Lee Stearns

Oct. 26, 2016 Reno, Nevada

MakerWear: Early Explorations of Wearable Construction Kits for Children

Majeed Kazemitabaar

Sept. 25, 2016 Silver Spring, Maryland

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