Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.

In particular moving beyond the primarily visual experiences of flat screens towards ones that can engage all our senses so that the digital public space can also be felt, heard, tasted, smelt, or even worn. Drawing inspiration from research in areas such as: tangible and natural interfaces; perceptive and ambient media; augmented reality/virtuality; hacking and 3D printing the projects will explore how to create innovative prototypes that turn digital spaces into lived experiences.

This cluster topic is being led by Lancaster University.

Projects within this Cluster

The Physical Social Network

The Physical Social Network
A prototype, which will explore past writing practices through a physical, interactive experience with a digital collection of Edwardian postcards.

Perceptive Media

Perceptive Media
Exploring different digital technologies to create new approaches to content production.    

Ageing Playfully

Ageing Playfully
Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.

This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It
Exploring the value of digital technologies to capture and encourage reflection on craft practices

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse
A Location Based Game that explores gameplay within a combined digital and physical public space.

The Physical Playlist

The Physical Playlist
A physical-digital object which people would share with significant others and friends.

Cold Sun

Cold Sun
A mobile game designed to educate about climate change using real world weather data.

Numbers that Matter

Numbers that Matter
Numbers that Matter explored wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device.

Latest Cluster Activity

Creating adaptive storytelling content for the future of radio

11th Nov 2015
Mozilla Festival 2015 run between 06.11 and 08.11.2015 and we were invited to run a workshop at the festival. The workshop encouraged the participants to create their own adaptive stories for the Perceptive Radio. A one hour workshop was designed and successfully run by the team. The participants were first introduced to...

A playful workshop for ageing playfully with our senior co-designers enjoying themselves.

5th Oct 2015
In our first in a series of workshops the team used playful and creative ways to explore the range and type of activities enjoyed by all. This led to the co-creation of  a series of collages and moodboards of favourite past, present, indour and outdous activities. In our next workshop we...

The musical Bench featured by BBC Radio Lancashire during its exhibition at the Dementia Futures event

5th Oct 2015
A musical bench, developed by members of ImaginationLancaster, that allows older people to stretch whilst creating music, has been featured on Friday the 18th of September by BBC Radio Lancashire. The musical bench was exhibited at the Dementia Futures event organised by Lancaster University's Centre for Ageing Research at the Lancaster...

Co-designing the perfect garden in a most playful way.

5th Oct 2015
Following the success of our first workshop and our groups' shared interest in gardening, in the second workshop we explored the design of the perfect garden. Our co-designers created a series of perfect gardens with very rich stories to accompany them. Using creative toolkits, such as textile material, plasticine and Lego...

So what is Perceptive Media?

5th Oct 2015
Unlike interactive narrative, in which users create or influence a dramatic storyline through their actions, ‘perceptive media’ looks at narrative from a different perspective; it adapts a story to the audience by using information about them, gathered through the use of a range of sensors and sensing technologies, whilst shaping...