Research validates the importance of maintaining good air quality within indoor spaces which helps reduce exposure to smoke particles, allergens and viruses. A beneficial tool that assists in improving indoor air quality is a portable air cleaner device/purifier. The Clean Air Tool helps users find a qualified portable air cleaner that is customized to their space to help mitigate the risk of unhealthy air. COVID being considered an airborne disease and with an increase of air pollutants around the world, now more than ever, it's crucial to create a product that helps implement extra safety precautions for any individual.
The Olympic Escape Room is an online game designed in partnership with University of Washington iSchool researchers. It serves as an additional game for the Loki’s Loop Project to teach high school students about misinformation in an engaging and fun format. Like a physical escape room, there is a game host, you can play individually or with a group, and there is a limited amount of time to solve the puzzles. Throughout the gaming experience, students learn different tactics to identify misinformation and become critical information consumers.
Have you stumbled upon a website where the text is too small? In addition to the lack of flexibility to adjust the view, not all information is visible. Through the redesign of historylink.tours, we are making accessibility the core of the product. Instead of adding accessibility features after, the tour cards elements from the original site are curated and re-tailored to create a more intuitive experience as a whole. With research showing the ideal text size of 21 pixels, we’re pushing for better readability for all groups with the assistance of larger text and filters to showcase relevant outputs.
Gun violence and youth suicides in the U.S. are on the rise. In 2019 alone, a minor was killed by a gun every 2 hours and 36 minutes. In working with the Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Foundation (GAGVF), the “Translating Gun Violence Research Into Action” project takes statistics and research to convey the importance of gun safety through educational data visualizations, gun storage guides, and connections to more resources to gun-owning families. These educational materials will be distributed by the GAGVF to reduce unintentional gun deaths among minors, primarily in Washington State, and promote safe gun storage within gun-owning households.
Twips is a short-form media platform intended to support streaming media from Twitch in the condensed format of user curated Twitch clips intending to combat the over-consumption of media that Twitch users experience. The platform features sorting and sharing functionality, as well as personalized content feeds to allow users to filter clips relevant to their interests. Users receive a customized stream of content that condenses hours-long streams into 60 second-or-less highlights from the relevant categories and content creators that users can enjoy without committing hours of their time.
First-time homeownership is abundant in resources on purchasing a home, but resources about caring for one’s home lack in comparison. Additionally, these resources lack organization and information applicable to individual needs. As a result, two-thirds of first-time American homeowners ignore home maintenance until parts of their home begin to malfunction, leading to unexpected expenses. To mitigate homebuyer’s regret caused by being unprepared for home maintenance, UCHI organizes maintenance tasks relevant to each home. With UCHI’s recommendations and reminders to stay up-to-date with home maintenance tasks, first-time homeowners are able to protect their investments and better care for their homes.
Gentrification has affected many community members and long-time residents in the Central District area more specifically the Yesler neighborhoods. Many families were forced to move out as rent started to increase and buildings started getting torn apart which destroyed its rich history. Our web page aims to help native residents experiencing the effects of gentrification, a platform to share their voice as well as provide them with resources as well as help new residents moving in by providing historical facts about the rich history of the neighborhood.
Accessing comprehensive course information before registration is critical for UW students to select courses that best satisfy student needs and interests. However, our research indicates that over 60% of students express that course information is limited on current solutions, such as MyPlan and Rate My Professors, and most end up asking friends for course recommendations. By leveraging official data from Course Evaluation Catalog, we aim to empower students’ understanding of courses’ content, difficulty, workload, and peer evaluations. With UW Course Expert, students can optimize their course selection and enhance their academic potential.
Viscera is a platform that allows black women to write and read reviews about their potential doctors. The reviews are written by black women for black women. This can help to encourage and help black women to find suitable doctors so they can feel safe and cared for. Research shows that Black women's basic health needs are not being met and are constantly overlooked. They are disproportionately burdened by chronic conditions, such as anemia and cardiovascular disease. The history of anti-Blackness and bias in the healthcare system has led many women to distrust the system entirely.