The installation Tactile Orchestra was originally developed during an artist-in-residence program called Oddstream in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. With a background and interest in technology and smart textiles, Studio Roos Meerman joined forces with KunstLab founder Tom Kortbeek, who studied musical theatre. Together they developed the idea for an interactive wall with smart textile, that plays parts of a musical symphony when stroked. After the first prototype was presented, the project quickly gained media attention and was featured in a multitude of exhibitions throughout the country. Receiving positive feedback from unexpected sources such as the healthcare industry, the installation now forms the basic principle behind Kozie, a family of multi-sensory objects that have been designed specifically to aid elderly suffering from dementia.
Kozie is a family of multi sensory health product. By touching the KozieMe it will produce sounds so the user can listen to his or her favorite music, audiobooks or recorded stories from family members. The soft access to memories, which seem to be faded away.
KozieMe is a soft pillow with built-in speakers and is available in multiple colors. The pillow is easy to use: by touching the pillow it will produce different sounds so the user can listen to his or her favorite sounds without any help. With the added SD-card you can easily personalize KozieMe with personal voice messages or songs.
Feel the soft fabric. By stroking you can make that beautiful walk through the forest. Hear the birds sing, a brook flow and a dog bark in the distance. Just like the old days. With KozieWe you can bring outdoors inside. By touching the wall object it produces forest and city sounds. KozieWe can be used individually or in a group, by using headphones and/or speakers. The KozieWe can be bought or rented.