Norwegian Research Laboratory for Universal Design

Human Senses Lab

The Human Senses Lab conducts research on issues related to vision and hearing – in relation to the principles of universal design. The lab is designed so that both visual and auditory experiments can be performed in different conditions. For example, it is fully possible to simulate outdoor lightning indoors by increasing the light settings to daylight lightning. This setup enables a quick change of conditions, which again facilitates the comparison of similarities and difference within humans – in opposite to the comparing process of e.g. field investigations.

From the Human senses laboratory

Examples of available equipment in the laboratories:

  • Dimmable ceiling lights – both direct and indirect – that can be varied from 0 to 20,000 lux; and in addition, the colour temperature can be changed from 3000 to 6500 Kelvin
  • Curtains that can quickly change the wall reflectance to respectively 0, 20 , 40, 60, 80 and 86 %
  • Mobile searchlights for testing lipreading, etc.
  • Up to date screens and computer equipment that embodies various scenarios for the visually impaired
  • Eyetracker for measuring eye positions and eye movement
  • Advanced speaker system that can simulate various acoustic conditions
  • Sound absorbing curtains and sheets that can change the acoustic properties in a room

Examples of some laboratory-developed tests:

  • Warning signs and signposts
  • Color schemes and contrasts
  • Lighting systems
  • Displays and (automat) machines
  • Daily living aids
  • Speech perception
  • Oral reading