Lorm Hand

The Lorm Hand is an installation, which connects deaf-blind people with twitter or other social networks. Using touch sensory technology, the Lorm Hand enables deaf-blind people to compose text messages by applying the tactile hand-touch alphabet  LORM, a common way of communication used by the deaf-blind. After typing a message on the Lorm Hand, it can immediately be tweeted or shared with social networks.
The Lorm Hand was initially developed for the march of the deaf-blind in Berlin (October 2013), when participants were given the opportunity to lorm their demands, needs, wishes and requests, so that the protest would go online and could be shared with a broader community.

Furthermore the Lorm Hand has been used as a tool of communication for other non deaf-blind people, who are generally interested in the topic “deaf-blindness” and who can use it as a learning tool, to literally get in touch with the idea of LORM or deaf-blind culture in general.

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Video: Lorm Hand connected with Twitter.

Video: Lorm Hand in action at the march of the deaf-blind.


Interactive inclusive – Designing tools for activism and empowerment

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Internet of Everyone – Tools for Empowerment

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