As a design intern at ILUMY, I am looking into serious games in healthcare. At the moment, this is a real hype in healthcare. But what are they? Serious games are games that do not have pure entertainment as their main purpose. A good example is ReMission, a game in which patients fight against cancer. This raises self-confidence in their rehabilitation and informs them about the disease itself.
Recent statistics from the Worldwide Intranet Challenge (WIC) proved a point most organisations already know: only a small percentage of employees actively contribute to their intranet. And this is how small a percentage:
How often do you use the intranet to:
Plek, ILUMY’s social intranet platform, reached another milestone this week. The Dutch Council for Human Rights officially launched Plek for its 75 professionals at a launch event in Utrecht. The council had been successfully trying out the platform for several weeks after a soft launch at the end of August. Project manager Marysha Molthoff commented: “We are using the intranet for a week and it really looks great! and works perfectly.”
Last week the International Symposium on Wearable Computers took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Two topics caught our eye, both about technology for communicating with animals. Two-way, that is.
Finding your way in a hospital is never easy, especially if that hospital is one of the biggest in the country, with dozens of outpatient clinics and departments in six buildings on up to 12 floors. ILUMY is now working with Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to pilot a mobile routing app.
Folks at the University of Washington hooked up the brains of two scientists via wire, so one could control the hand of the other, with his brain. While just a very basic proof of concept, you can see plenty of applications in, as ever, gaming, warfare, sex and healthcare.
Many of us here at ILUMY have had exasperating and sometimes downright maddening experiences with company intranets, whether working with clients or in previous jobs. Founder Stefan became a bit of an intranet guru while consulting for Accenture and Proof. Don’t get him started on the ill-conceived, poorly executed and needlessly complicated intranets he came across.
So we decided to build our own. And we called it Plek (spot/place in Dutch).
Woensdagmiddag stond ik in de rij om op de foto te gaan met Google Glass. Layar (weet je nog?) organiseerde samen met het NRC een presentatie van de Google-bril in bezit van Layar, “waarschijnlijk de enige in Nederland”. Eerst de conclusies in het kort, daarna een verslag van de bijeenkomst.
Yesterday we got word that our work with Trespa International has been selected as Official Honoree in the 17th Annual Webby Awards, in the Corporate Communications category.
A new visual identity, strong use of photography, merging corporate and product information in a 10-language, responsive, cross platform website, replacing 11 websites. Have a look yourself at Trespa.com.
Congratulations to Trespa! It’s been really great to work on this with the Trespa team and with our partner Solar initiative. Thanks!
When announced last year, Google Glass seemed to be mostly about augmented reality – getting extra information via that funny little ‘lens’ in front of your eye. But now the built-in camera has become the star of all the promotional films. So do we really want to walk around with that camera on our heads? Will we all be hanging out in cafés wearing Glass within a year? How useful is it anyway? And will Glass be able to compete with iWatch?
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