Ολοι (pronounced Olly) from the Greek “all” is a tangible sonic interface made in felt and stretch lycra. The idea was that of creating an orchestra where different instruments are activated by pulling the colored stretch lycra. Each instrument plays a different scale of notes. When the lycra strings are pulled together, the sounds form a soothing composition and the users are able to create different harmonies. The work was developed to stimulate social interactions during play time with Ολοι for a group of five minimally to non-verbal children with autism who like music.
Antonella Nonnis’s (IT) work aims to go beyond the limitations of the WIMP archetype and aspire to promote children’s well-being by developing multisensory experiences. Her research focuses on making sonic tangible user interfaces (TUI) for minimally to non-verbal autistic children to stimulate social skills during leisure and recreational activities while providing means for self-regulation opportunities.