Hi, I am a student at Northumbria University.
I am currently undertaking a project called 'Inclusive Design'. Where my aim is to develop a product that may aid certain users but can be used mainstream also. Products that aid certain disabilities often come with a stigma attached to them, I want to remove the labels and 'other-ness' attached to some products. There should be subtle quirks and tweaks in products to aid certain people whilst being in a mainstream market.http://enabledbydesign.org/
- this website is a prime example of what I mean.
Personally I am studying into how certain restrictions/problems people have causes that their diet to suffer and meal time becomes a chore. My grandfather was a Parkinson's sufferer and I know this was true for him. I have been looking into the idea of a stylish tray to encourage mealtime as an activity more than a chore. I was thinking of embedding certain elements such as
embedded heat source to keep food/drink warm
magnetically stuck bowl/plate/cup
digitally embedded recipes, specific to each users needs. (e.g., easy, quick, simple, adheres to medication restrictions, flavoursome)
Any value in this idea?
Hopefully this wasn't too longwinded or complicated
any comments or suggestions would be immensely appreciated