Design Speech

Design Speech featuring great design, architecture, fashion, graphics and innovation from across the globe.

 

Marlene and Maurice

Walking sticks were fashion accessories for centuries. They were pieces of art, beautifully crafted and were made of expensive materials and decorated with precious stones and pearls. In the second half of the 20th century, walking sticks lost their fashion component and became simple helping tool, a sign of weakness and/or old age. Marlene and Maurice are walking sticks are simple yet beautiful: they are made of contemporary material- (engraved)Plexiglas, with added LED-light in the base of the stick. The light turns on when the stick is pressed to the ground so the stick glows in the dark.

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Penguin

Assisting senior people is always inspiring. Two months were spent in a care center to find out the major problems of the elder people. Continuous communication between seniors and caretakers is critical which is not practical specifically when the elders are assumed to be in their beds. Falling down and leaving bed occurs which are potentially harmful specifically for the ones with Alzheimer and sleepwalking problem.The Team have designed a sensor-based WiFi-aided light,the Penguin,to gently light the room and inform caretaker by a vibratory bracelet.The Penguin can also be used in hospitals.

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Eatwell

Eatwell is a set of dishware that makes eating easier for people with cognitive (such as Alzheimer's and other dementias), motor (Parkinson's disease, various scleroses), physical (injury, infirmity), and visual difficulties. Major features include 1) High-contrast colors help users distinguish food from tableware and stimulate appetite 2) Specially curved spoons match the contours of the bowls to provide smoother, and easier motions 3) Slanted bottoms and deep chambers collect food at corners for easier scooping. 4)Anti-tip design prevents accidents from tipped cups and mugs.

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Uppo

Poor posture is a common problem in the senior adult age group. Unlike conventional walkers, Uppo helps the user develop good posture habits. Uppo is an assistive mobility device that is used to ensure the stability and balance of the user. One of the results of good posture, stability and balance is overall improved confidence. The telescoping arms and collapsable body allow Uppo to take up the smallest footprint possible when not in use. This allows for maneuverable transport which encourages use outside of the house.

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flexnimb

The backrest is inspired by the wings, not only improved the existing semi closed seat airtight bring diseases and discomfort; also can be folded to reduce the volume, convenient to carry. The foot pedal is provided with a telescopic device, and the utility model can satisfy the users with different length legs. Luminous device on wheels greatly increase the safety of persons with disabilities to travel at night.

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Textura

Sleek and subtle are words that best describe Textura. Its goal, an experience creator, a quiet assistant that remains hidden and that catches glances only when showing its curious qualities. When the phone is off, the screen remains smooth, it is until a message arrives or the phone is turned on that the moveable pins press against the flexible membrane to create braille outputs. By this, it is possible to simulate a touch screen that doesn't need sight.

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