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Anna Wojdecka

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LUMO


It is often assumed that blind people could never study geometry, sciences or engineering. Paradoxically, studies have shown that people who were born blind can read and make outline drawings, readily understand perspective and make figurative sketches, for example a wheel in motion.

Very few blind people study sciences and enter engineering professions. Whilst solutions exist for reading text, diagrams and graphs that are a vital part of science and engineering education are largely inaccessible to blind people. Existing solutions are mostly very expensive and require advanced preparation of learning materials. It is also difficult for blind people to draw without live feedback of how their drawing looks and where to correct it.

My project enables blind and visually impaired people to read shapes, graphs, diagrams and colours directly from paper, a text book or a sketchbook, and enables them to draw in colour. LUMO reads the surface of the page and translates colours into sound and black lines into tactile feedback. LUMO is an affordable real-time solution which makes existing learning environments more inclusive, as well as enriching the interaction between blind and sighted students. 

www.hello-lumo.com

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  • Anna Wojdecka
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2014

  • As an industrial designer with a diverse background of art, languages and science I am looking for opportunities to bring together science, design and engineering. I am fascinated by user centred design, haptics, medical design, imagining futures and space. I am constantly seeking new challenges and I'm particularly interested in designing and launching innovative products.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Interior Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, 2012; BA Philology: English and German, University of Lodz, Poland, 2008
  • Experience

  • Internship, Brompton Bicycle, London, 2013; Internship, Koop Industrial Design, Hamburg, Germany, 2011; Commercial projects with: Ford, Rio Tinto, Roca, Duran Group, Makromed, Deante, Nowa Szkola, Paradyz, KOLO
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; 2033: Tech Foresight, Imperial College London, 2013; Design 4 Health, 24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge, Sheffield, 2013; Tinto-Rio Sports Innovation Challenge, Object Gallery, Sydney ,Australia, 2013; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2013; Innovative Design, Gdynia Design Days, Poland, 2012; Design and Industry, Lodz, Poland 2012; Inerflat Design Fairs, Lodz, Poland, 2011 ; International Packaging Design Forum, Chengdu, China, 2010
  • Awards

  • Winner, James Dyson Foundation Industrial Design Bursary, 2014; Shortlisted, Wates Social Enterprise Award, 2014; Ministry of Culture Scholarship for the Best Art Students, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, December, 2012 ; Honourable Mention, WPO WorldStar Student International Packaging Design Competition 2010, Beijing,China, 2010; First Prize, STRZEMINSKI PROJECT, Ministrer of Calture Award Lodz, Poland, 2011; First Prize, NOWA SZKOLA Kindergarten Furniture Competition, Nowa Szkola, Lodz, Poland, 2011; First Prize, ROCA Shower Panel Competition, Roca Poland, 2011; Nominee, Art of packaging 2010, Poland, 2011; First Prize, Student PakStar, COBRO - Packaging Research Institute, Poland, 2010; Second Prize, Children Friendly Toy Design Competition, Museum of Toys and Play, Kielce, Poland, 2010
  • Publications