At last designers are realising disability issues are mainstream and the ‘New Green’ i.e. the right thing to do. Here are some new designs that we think are really exceptional:
1st A project from designers Preistman Goode (we featured them before with the portable aircraft disability seat), The Scooter for Life produced as a concept to make a mobility scooter more attractive. It can be seen in reality at the Design Museum, New Old Exhibition which also has other innovative technology designed for the elderly. The scooter looks really cool and is meant to take you through all your mobility requirements from young to old. The shopping bag on the front is useful and for restricted mobility you can stand on it with two feet and it will only move when the brakes are released.
2nd Liftware’s Stabilising Handles for those of us with tremors or just weak hands. The spoon or fork attachments have ‘advanced sensors, motors, and an onboard computer work to actively detect and counteract your tremor’.
These are available but only shipping to the US and the starter kit is $195. They do the job, look good and have used good design in producing a disability aid (contradiction in terms usually). They also have a new ‘Level’ product that tilts a utensil at any angle to aid ‘limited hand and arm mobility’ that follows a stroke etc.
3rd Is a runner up in a James Dyson award, The Walker Innovation, a re- designed sit to stand walker. Only a prototype but much better than the grey NHS walkers!
We certainly hope that these ideas become available and that manufacturers and businesses alike realise we’re the ‘New Green’ worth $4Trillion globally..