I observe and create interactions between people and space using design and technology. I believe that it helps people in the development of spatial awareness and intelligence.
Currently, my thesis focuses on the development of spatial orientation for young kids. I am designing a ‘Human Compass’ that introduces the 5 years old kids to the concept and use of cardinal directions. Human Compass is a wearable toy that can be attached to the kid’s shoe, and allows the kid to become the needle of the traditional compass metaphor. I have designed a few games for the different levels of cognition using Human Compass as a tool.
Having the knowledge of cardinal directions helps a kid to do the mind mapping of the different places she visits everyday. That makes her a part of a bigger experience, an experience of learning the space around her. She knows her way back home. Her knowledge certainly evolves with the time. She will be never lost, and this knowledge makes her empowered. She can utilize her knowledge of mapping to connect dots in other fields like mathematics and architecture as well.