The LAUGH research project supports people with late stage dementia through designing innovative playful products that amuse, comfort, engage, bring joy and promote ‘in the moment’ living.
Design for Dementia
HUG by LAUGH® is a sensory device designed to bring pleasure and comfort to people living with dementia. HUG by LAUGH® is designed to be cuddled and has a beating heart within its soft body. HUG by LAUGH® can play music that can be easily changed to a favourite playlist.
We have recently secured Welsh Government SMART Expertise funding to evaluate the health and wellbeing benefits of HUG by LAUGH®. This is being done in collaboration with the NHS, Sunrise Senior Living and Stroke Hub Wales.
The LAUGH (Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics) research project has developed a series of innovative playful devices that amuse, distract, comfort engage, bring joy, and promote ‘in the moment’ living for people with late stage dementia.
Co-design for dementia with Men’s Shed charity This project builds on the relationship between LAUGH and Squirrel’s Nest Men’s Shed in Tondu. Men’s Shed is an organisation that supports the mental health of men in the community through making and craft practice.
Compassionate Design: How to design for advanced dementia. A toolkit for designers. The ‘Compassionate Design’ toolkit book was launched at our Senedd (Cardiff) and Royal Society of Art (London) events in March 2018! The toolkit aims to help designers understand
Latest publications from the LAUGH team:
These projects investigate the development of sensory textiles for people living with dementia
Hands: Helping Assist with New Devices for Seniors is an international creative design project using digital media and new technologies, craft techniques and processes.
The LAUGH research team at Cardiff Met are members of the CARIAD Research Centre.