Michele Aquila, Domus Academy Alessandro Masserdotti, Open Dot Daniele Ciminieri, Open Dot Jordi Garreta, Open Dot
Design an interactive game dedicated to the rehabilitation through interactive motion games based on visual and audio feedbacks.
Design and create a music therapy device leveraging new technologies that may support the long and complex Rehabilitation Programs of the children with specific motive, cognitive, behavioral or communication deficits.
TOG (Together to go) is a non-profit organisation has established a ‘Center for Excellence for the Rehabilitation of Children’ who are affected by complex neurological disorders. Music, is one such therapy TOG focuses on for children with immense physical pain to help them relax.With TOG's assistance we created Polipo as an interactive music therapy device.
OBSTACLES TOG FACES DURING THERAPY
We Need a Reliable equipment
Equipment to be more appealing to a child and look less “medical”
Musical tools that will motivate & engage child’s movements
Give importance to child’s light gestures
DIFFICULTIES KIDS FACE
Helping the child controlling movements on their own
The kids generally have Minimal movement
They are also easily overstimulated with multiple feedbacks
They have a limited color recognition range
We researched the current market focused around devices and toys used during music therapy sessions.We then brainstormed ideas on interactive motion games that would encourage and motivate a child to interactive, play and move more. We decided to design a product leveraging sensors and technology to assist in the development of the kids during their therapy and also at home.We ideated to design a toy that could be replicated by parents anywhere, as a DIY solution to help their own kids.
Polipo, meaning Octopus in Italian. He engages the tactile, kinesthetic, auditory and visual systems.
He could be used for entertainment and/or as a medium for relaxation - a “companion“ throughout the child’s day and night.
His simple design helps, not only to distract the child while being cute and playful but also to help motivate and intrigue them to make movements and gestures during therapies.
BRINGING POLIPO TO LIFE
Polipo was prototyped and created by using an Arduino board and coding through its open source software. The technical side was finalised after many trials, tweaking and assistance by our advisors from Open Dot. By using a led strip, a small speaker, sensors and many cables and transistors Polipo came to life with its special flexible 3D printed shell and its touch sensitive fabric ears!
Showcasing Polipo to TOG & MUBA team
GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER
We prototyped a future development for Polipo to be more integrated and accessible by an application. Where a parent or therapist could potentially control and customise Polipo’s lights and sounds according to a specific child's need.
Some of the basic functionalities were to choose between the two modes, select the colors that appeal to the child; play personal messages, recordings and custom sounds as a response to the child’s movements to motivate them to more and interact further