Seamless Journeys: Identifying Connections Between the Physical and the Virtual Travel for Social Engagement

Seamless Journeys: Identifying Connections Between the Physical and the Virtual Travel for Social Engagement

 

The rapid advancement of online technologies and their pervasiveness in every aspect of our daily life, prompt us to consider that in the near future, social participation will not be based on people’s motion but on their ability to establish actual and virtual connections leading to the emergence of new forms of social engagement and mobility. This study will investigate the daily life experience of various demographics groups in order to:  (i) understand what constitutes ‘mobility’ requirements for a person with limited physical capabilities, (ii) identify the role and impact of infrastructure and technologies in people’s mobility, and (iii) understand people’s expectations for future services. Specific project outcomes will be the development of future scenarios that will serve as exemplars of the way design can respond to new opportunities supporting social participation and access to services.

 

By gaining insights and understanding of how technologies will shape people’s social participation and access to services (health, family and education, civic and economic life), and how will this be different to the current state of the art, this project is significant, as the topic will not only contribute to research that support future development of services for the wellbeing of the community, but also, it addresses QUT and Australia research priorities to support competitiveness of Australian developers of digital devices and mobile technologies.

 

People and partners

Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc

Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc

Senior Lecturer, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design