With the Albatross, designers were aiming at helping people suffering from degenerative conditions or hand traumas. The goal was to address those issues in a new way. To achieve this, the designer designed an electric shaver focusing on the way it is held and operated. They incorporated features that significantly reduce stress on the hand while also requiring less dexterity.
The design combines three training modes - gopher board, screw board and maze board - allowing it to be modular and cater for groups with different hand impairments, especially the elderly. The appearance of the product is de-labelled, and the design language of the buttons is game-oriented. The colours are bright and break the stereotypical image of rehabilitation aids. The product is intended to increase the range of motion of the finger joints, improve fine function, finger alignment, hand coordination and dexterity, as well as to enhance the cognitive abilities of the elderly.
Klaimber, a person lifting device, is designed to be piece of furniture at home, fusing Scandinavian design with a patented lifting mechanism cleverly hidden in the chair's construct. By its design, Klaimber also works as a regular chair: it becomes an assistive device only when needed, not taking extra space at home or looking like a utilitarian product, which was the design objective.
Tour is a crutch designed to help users by providing a better forces distribution among the forearm and wrist, giving more support to stand up and sit, and letting the hand free to interact with objects around it. An intuitive, low-cost gyratory system allows shifting the angle between the handle and the forearm support and the rod. The same rotation also serves as assistance to stand up, reducing the effort needed. A band around the forearm complements the system giving the person freedom to hug, open doors, and interact with other objects without the crutch falling.
There is furniture designed for babies, youngsters, grownups, and... the line ends here. There is no furniture adequate for elderly people and their needs. The construction of the fauteuil is made of wood. It has higher seat than usual sofas and armchairs. The back is adjustable. The armchair has cushions on the seat and on the back which are made like mattresses. That means that they are comfortable but not too soft. Cushions come in two dimensions or hights and several materials and colors. Thate makes the chair compatible with aestetic and with physical needs of the user.
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