Assisitive chair for elderly
Course: GK3 Designing for diversity
Duration: Autumn 2013
Supervisor: Tom Vavik
Collaboration with: Kristian Kløften
#Product design #Design for diversity
#User centered design
Robotics for the elderly
The number of elderly is expected to increase over the next years. At the same time there is a shortage of places at the nursing homes, and people are living in their own homes for a longer period of time. Assistive devices in the home environment will be more and more needed, but today they can often be perceived as stigmatizing.
This project is a conceptual solution with the intent to put a light on, and open up for discussion, about how assistive devices could be designed to meet the requirements and wishes of users. We think that care products should be something that people proudly can bring into their homes.
User centered design
60°Oslo is a chair that gives you support during the critical situation when sitting down- and getting up from a sitting position. Integrated buttons on the armrests let the user control the movement of the chair.
By establishing contact with our users, we gained a better understanding of the issues they have when sitting down and standing up. We looked closer on different concepts. Our goal was to design a solution that help elderly people with weak legs to get up and down in a chair, and that the solution should not be perceived as a medical appliance. We have presented a conceptual solution of a dining chair.
We produced a lot of prototypes, both in smaller scale with paper, and technical lego, and in 1:1 in wood and paper, but we felt it was necessary to build a 1:1 functional model - which we discovered were a major, but very fun and learning job. If we could bring the project further, we have some areas that is not completely solved in our concept which is essential to consider, for example: The height of the chair in relation to the table, the risk of pinching your fingers, maintenance of the chair, consider making a series of dining chairs, and the size of the motor.
We have ended up with a conceptual solution with a functional mode of a dining chair that we think can encourage the discussion about how robotics can be made in a more friendly way.
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