In this seminar we focus on the small simple assistive devices. There is a wide range of products available, but how functional are they? Why do many end up in the drawer not being used? We show how function and design can be combined to make the products practical, easy to handle and attractive.
• ADL Activities of daily living
• An assistive device or a consumer product
• Product development
• To eat and drink
• To prepare food
• To wash and care body and hair
• To dress
• To grip turn and write
Persons with decreased strength and mobility are not only limited in mobility, but also in many of the daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing and reaching. There are a lot of simple assistive devices available for these activities. But unfortunately they often don’t get the attention they deserve. A stocking aid, a reacher and a washing aid may be the difference from being able to wash and dress independently or being assisted. One model of reacher or angled knife can’t be perfect for everyone. And many products are not as functional as they promise. Therefore many of these devices ends up unused in a drawer and the client has to be assisted in these situations, to a high cost for the society.
In this seminar we willl show how product development in close cooperation with end users will affect both function and design.
The participants will be able to test the products.