Digital Assistance System

I plan to develop an app and a prototype device board for Kmart retail stores, to assist deaf and mute customers with their daily shopping needs. The device will contain a variety of apps with different functions to assist and inform deaf and mute customers with stock information, directions of the store, personal assistance and store website information. Hence, my design will be a beneficial to society as it will significantly improve the end user’s shopping experience as well as give deaf and mute customers the opportunity to empower themselves to feel confident when shopping in retail stores.
What do you think?

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Lynn Wood @ 2021.05.10 5:41 PM
Excellent idea to help people who are hard of hearing Rach and clever to get KMart's help in designing your project so that it's helpful to their customers. These posts on IdeaSpies when you search the keyword deaf may give you some ideas

Lynn Wood @ 2021.05.10 6:30 PM

This online event looks relevant if you can attend.

Narelle Hooper @ 2021.05.21 10:52 AM
This is a great idea. The Centre for Inclusive Design  may be a good avenue for feedback or interest:

Samantha Sakr @ 2021.06.11 11:24 AM
Great idea! Have a look at they may be able to support you on this :) 

Natalie Ollis @ 2021.06.11 12:51 PM
This is thoughtful + innovative! Great idea

Rach @ 2021.06.17 4:44 AM
Lynn Wood, thank you very much for your help 

Rach @ 2021.06.17 4:47 AM
Thank you very much for your feedback Narelle Hooper

Rach @ 2021.06.17 5:07 AM
Thank you so much Samantha Sakr. I will give it a look :)

R Hainsworth @ 2021.09.09 1:52 AM

Hi there Rach, hope all is well with you and your family. 

Congratulations on your MDP journey. It has been fantastic to follow the evolution of your project. We hope that being part of the UpRising initiative has been rewarding and meaningful for you. 

As we wrap up the trial phase of the UpRising initiative and head towards the awards night in November I have a few quick questions.  If you could answer these questions in a comment below that would be so great. We want to understand how UpRising assisted you so that we can better help next year's cohort of designers. We are also curious to know if there is anything further you would like to do with your project.

1.      What were two interesting things that you experienced or found as a result of being part of the UpRising? 

2.      How did UpRising help you with your project?

3.      What would you like to do with your project and what would help you get there?

4.      How did seeing other UpRising projects affect your designing and learning experience? 

5.      What would you like to see added to the UpRising initiative to better help next year's students?


One last thing, can you add in a ‘Start to Finish’ photo of your project? Stitch a photo of early drawing or prototype next to an image of your finished product and update your post with this image.

Congratulations once again and looking forward to seeing you in November. You have done an amazing job and we are very proud of the 2021 cohort. 

See you soon

R Hainsworth @ 2021.11.20 8:17 AM

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year and for being the first year 12 design students to be part of The UpRising.  The 8 judges have been busy going through all the major design projects to decide which projects should be awarded hundreds of dollars in seed funding and mentoring, to take their project to the next level. The judges have used a points system, 3 points for the project they felt was the most impressive, 2 points for a second outstanding project and 1 point for a project that really resonated with them. Three projects will be awarded Seed funding and mentoring 

  • First Place $1000 Seed funding

  • Second place 750

  • Third place 500

The winners will be assisted with the continued development of their project next year by the very cool company Nectir

We are holding an Awards night to announce the winners and we would love to have you all there. It’s online so you can join in from wherever you are. 6pm - 7pm Thursday evening 9th December. 

Click here to get your tickets. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you the best of luck with your final exams. Awards night is on the 9th December

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