‘the aid’ by egle ugintaite
with ‘the aid’, a cane that provides mobile navigation and health management
services, users who have difficulty leaving
their homes can become
active members of society. this design takes into consideration how ICT
devices can be useful in
users’ daily lives and deploys services that
are integrated with social infrastructure.
‘the aid’ by egle ugintaite from lithuania has received the FUJITSU grand prize – the winning entry from
our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.
and DA – design association japan.
designer’s own words
‘the aid’ is mainly dedicated to help elderly people, or people after trauma who often have a lack of confidence to step outside
their house, causing isolation, depression… ‘the aid’ is designed to be a real ‘helping hand’: to guide and prevent one from
being lost, providing a feeling of security, allowing one to receive immediate help if they need it, and, of course physical support,
as a walking cane. an integrated navigator, which works as a service + health device (pulse, blood pressure temperature)
features measuring sensors along with an SOS button, which, by pressing it when help is needed, contacts the help center
and sends the user’s current health data and location to provide immediate and qualified help. the object is simple
to use (2 buttons only), but at the same time smart.
1 – soft component that comes in contact with the user’s arm
2 – sensors on the interior space monitor pulse, blood pressure, body temperature
3 – on the outside of the clasp an LCD screen displays health data
4 – SOS button
5 – cancel button (if SOS button has been pressed by accident)
navigator, SOS button, health monitoring, cane, physical assistance.
there are sensors in the wrist zone, which are constantly in contact with blood vessels.
the monitor displays health data (pulse, blood pressure, temperature).
a headphone is used to receive directions on how to reach all necessary info.
jury members (from left to right):
ross lovegrove, birgit lohmann of designboom, gwenael nicolas (curiosity), toshiyuki inoko, ma yansong (MAD architects)
and nobuo otani, corporate senior vice resident Fujitsu, kimitaka kato, Fujitsu design president (without photo).
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competition, organized by designboom in collaboration with FUJITSU.