Usability Laboratory at Staffordshire University
Tracksys completed work on a new Usability Laboratory at Staffordshire University this month. The technical team leader, Alasdair Macdonald, summarises the new facility:
"Last year the School of Computing at Staffordshire University
celebrated its 50 Years of Computing’ programme. We’re ready to open our labs and welcome our new and continuing students to
class-leading Computing facilities in our innovative learning spaces.
In a relaxed collaborative manner Tracksys Ltd has designed and
installed our customisable usability space. Its complete with HD Pan, Tilt, Zoom
cameras, supported by Noldus Media Recorder software and SMI Eye Tracking Glasses. The installation work is of an excellent
standard and we thank Tracksys for their continuing commitment to our teaching
and learning here at Staffordshire University. I personally would recommend
them as a company to any other Institutions out there."
The importance of visual information in speech perception
Researchers from UCL Psychology and Language Sciences are using an RED250 mobile to investigate the importance of visual, rather than auditory information for guiding speech perception, especially
in those who are deaf. Deaf adults
and children have consistently been found to have lower average reading levels
than their hearing peers. There is
growing evidence that speechreading (lipreading) is one of the predictors of
reading in deaf children. UCL have been investigating some of the strategies that young
deaf children (5-7 year olds) are using during speechreading and reading.
Researcher Lizzie Worcester summarises the impact of the eyetracker so far:
'We have taken the eyetracker to schools
across England to assess whether better speechreaders look longer at the mouth
than poorer speechreaders. We are also
looking to see whether these children look more at pictures that share sounds/letters
with a target word during reading than an unrelated picture. Using eyetracking with young deaf children allows greater insight into
the processes underlying reading than solely relying on overt behavioural
measures. A positive correlation between speechreading skill and time spent
looking at the mouth would suggest that looking at the mouth is an advantageous
strategy for accessing speech. '
DanioVision used to investigate the impact of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles on fish development and behaviour
DanioVision is being used by by researchers at the University of Brighton to investigate the possible effects of environmental titanium dioxide and zince oxide nanaparticles on fish development and behaviour. These compounds are found in skin care products.
The team said:
“There are suspicions that environmental levels of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles found in skin care products affect fish development and behaviour and this grant from the Royal Society will help us to determine if this is the case'
More infomation can be found here