Tablet PCs preserve indigenous knowledge
New Scientist, 18 June 2012

LONDON, UK: Tablet computers could help villagers in the Kalahari desert preserve cultural knowledge and traditional techniques for future generations. Along with researchers at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek, Kasper Rodil’s team from Aalborg University in Denmark is working with elders in the small village of Erindiroukambe to develop a 3D visualisation of the village on a tablet computer. Their knowledge will be embedded in this virtual village to be stored for future generations. Rodil is also developing a drawing app for the tablet which mimics the way the elders draw diagrams in the sand to explain what they mean. “The idea is that we have as little friction as possible between the device and the user,” he says. Rodil will present his latest work at the Participatory Design Conference in Roskilde, Denmark, in August. Read the article … Visit the Participatory Design Conference website …

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